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The Psychology of Twilight

Edited by E. David Klonsky, Ph.D. and Alexis Black


Publication Date: October 2011

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It doesn’t take a trained psychologist to see that the Twilight Saga has tapped into its readers’ psyches . . . but psychology has plenty to offer when it comes to understanding what makes Twilight so dearly loved.

Led by husband-and-wife team E. David Klonksy, PhD, and Alexis Black, the psychologists contributing to The Psychology of Twilight look at love, family, vampires, werewolves, and our Twilight obsession, and offer more than a dozen fascination new angles on the series—just in time for the November 2011 release of Breaking Dawn, Part One.

  • Why Edward captivates Bella (it’s not the perfect face or chiseled abs—it’s as chemical as Edward’s attraction to the smell of Bella’s blood)
  • Vampirism as eating disorder (and what we can learn from how the Cullens cope)
  • Twilight’s rejection of strict dualities like good/evil and human/monster and what that has to do with the way our minds process experience and information
  • The psychological benefits of Twilight fandom

. . . and more fresh insights into the series that’s enthralled millions.


Erica Berg, Melissa Burkley, Susan Carnell, Jeremy Clyman, Lisa Dinella, David A. Frederick, Catherine Glenn, Tamara McClintock Greenberg, Gary Lewandowski, Mikhail Lyubanksy, Robin S. Rosenberg, Pamela Rutledge, and Peter Stromberg

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About the Editors

E. David  Klonsky, Ph.D.

E. David Klonsky, Ph.D., received his B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. He is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Stony Brook University, where he is also director of the Personality, Emotion and Behavior Laboratory. His research examines the personality traits and emotion processes that lead to psychopathology and maladaptive behaviors. He wishes to thank his wife Alexis for her love, support and numerous Harry Potter insights. David and Alexis would both like to thank J.K. Rowling for bettering the world through her books and example.

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Alexis  Black

Alexis Black received her BA in Anthropology and Slavic Studies, and her MA in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Virginia. She is currently working on her PhD in Linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

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Publication Details

Format: Paperback

Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 1 in.

Weight: 1.25 lbs.

Publication Date: October 2011

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