Italian site dedicate to everybody interested in the personality of comics characters

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Italian Bibliography:

Psychology of comics (A .Imbasciati, C. Castelli, 1975)

Who is scared for Lucy von Pelt? Psychoanalysis and comics. (M. Mongai, 1983)

Notes of psychology of comics (M. Minelli, 1992)

Note: all the comic books named in this site are italian; if you’re studying or you’ve studied comic books in your country and you like to talk about psychological reaserch about comics, write to:

Defense mechanisms in comic Literature (By E. Napoletano)  

In Disney comic stories, in the cities where Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse live, small characters (Mickey Mouse; Huey, Dewey and Louie, exc.) are clever and always ready, but big ones are unable (Policeman helped by Mickey), miser (Uncle Scrooge), lazy (Donald Duck), dummy (Mickey’s friend), indolent (Fethry Duck). So kids can satisfy their unconscious desire, which consists in detracting and teasing adults, taking their place.

 PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH ABOUT ITALIAN COMICS has almost been made about five themes :

1)   General research about reading comics

2)   Research about italian children’s and teens’ favourite characters

3)   Research about understanding and effects in reading comics

4)   Tales analysis

5)    Psichoanalytical profiles of characters

Minelli(1992) found out 16 kinds of COMICS GENRES, and he said that each one is related to the structure of personality of readers and their most frequent fantasies:

1)   Comic books for smaller children

2)   Classical funny

3)   Intellectual funny

4)   Funny black

5)   Black

6)   Comic books for teens

7)   Classical adventures

8)   Horror and mistery adventures

9)   Western adventures

10)                 Science fiction adventures

11)                 Police adventures

12)                 Superheroes adventures

13)                 War adventures

14)                 Classical intellectual

15)                 Erotic intellectual

16)                 Erotic

During comics reading, Ego acts many  MECHANISMS OF DEFENCE, described by S. Freud. Let’s see the most frequent ones:

1)   Identification

2)   Projection

3)   Shifting

4)   Idealisation

5)   Denial

6)   Splitting

7)   Time and space far away