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The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Edited by Robin Rosenberg and Shannon ONeill


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Publication Date: December 2011

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Lisbeth Salander, the multi-faceted protagonist of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, is an enigma—an astoundingly intelligent, prickly bundle of contradictions. What makes her tick? What makes her special? Is she bound for an inevitably self-destructive end? Or can she rise from the ashes of her childhood trauma?

The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo investigates Lisbeth the same way Mikhail Blomkvist might, seeking answers from mental health clinicians and researchers to better understand Salander, her psychology, and her world—including the ways in which that world reflects, or doesn’t reflect, our own.

  • What exactly is a psychopath—and is Lisbeth Salander one?
  • How do abused children cope with that trauma?
  • What impact would Lisbeth’s eidetic memory and Asberger’s Syndrome have on her development?
  • Do hackers share certain psychological traits?
  • Is there a psychology of sexism?
  • What makes Lisbeth such a polarizing figure—both in her world and ours?

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About the Editors

Robin  Rosenberg

Robin S. Rosenberg is a clinical psychologist and co-author of Psychology in Context and Fundamentals of Psychology (introductory psychology textbooks) and Abnormal Psychology: The Neuropsychosocial Approach (abnormal psychology textbook). She has taught psychology courses at Lesley University and Harvard University and has a private practice in the Boston area. Her first foray into applying psychological theories and research to popular culture figures was for The Psychology of Harry Potter; she is the editor of the Psychology of Superheroes anthology. She can be found at

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Shannon  ONeill

Shannon O’Neill is an editorial consultant for a prominent literary agency in Washington, D.C. She also teaches at American University. Shannon has a master’s in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

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Publication Details

Format: Paperback

Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1 in.

Weight: 1.25 lbs.

Publication Date: December 2011

Format: E-book (epub)

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