Articles on Heroism

heroism 101

The Banality of Heroism (pdf)
Zeno Franco & Philip Zimbardo - Greater Good Magazine (2006)

Resisting Situational Influences and Celebrating Heroism (pdf
Philip G. Zimbardo - Lucifer Effect, Chapter 16 (2008)

Fostering the Heroic Imagination (pdf)
Zeno Franco, Kathy Blau, & Philip Zimbardo - Eye on Psi Chi (2009)

The Heroes of Myth and Folklore: Part One – Defining a Hero (link)
J. Isen (2010)

The Captain Who Fell into the Lifeboat (link)
Zeno Franco & Matt Langdon - Greater Good Magazine (2012)

Could You be a Hero? (pdf)
Elizabeth Svoboda - Scholastic (2013)

What’s Holding You Back From Becoming a Hero? (link)
Scott T. Allison - Psychology Today (2015)

The Science of Being a Hero (link)
Annabel Stafford - The Age (2017)

Where We Find Heroes (link)
Kira M. Newman - Greater Good Magazine (2017)

BULLYING

Preventing Bullying by Systemic Changes and Reframing (pdf)
Philip Zimbardo - Core Concepts in Psychology (2017)

 

time perspective

Time Perspective and Social Heroism (pdf)
Philip Zimbardo (2017)

Standing up to sexual Harassment

Seven Ways to Stand Up Against Sexual Harassment (link)
Elizabeth Svoboda - Greater Good Magazine (2017)

How to Mobilize Men Against Sexual Harassment (link
Elizabeth Svoboda - Greater Good Magazine (2018)

'Bystander effect' and sexual assault: What the research says (link)
The Conversation (2018)

evil

Why We’re Obsessed with Understanding Evil (link)
Elizabeth Svoboda - Greater Good Magazine (2017)

 A Personal Journey from Evil to Heroism (pdf)
Philip Zimbardo - Psychology Review (2018)

 

Heroism and Gender

The Heroism of Women and Men (link)
Selwyn W. Becker & Alice Eagly - American Psychologist (2004)

Specific Heroes 

The Garden Variety of Genetic Heroism: In a World of Tasteless Tomatoes, Seed Saviors are Standing Guard (link)
Paul Galloway - Chicago Tribune (1987)

Forgotten Aboriginal War Heroes (link)
P. Newbury (2011)

Arthur Ashe: A Hero On and Off the Court (link)
Carlie Q. Blessing - Heroes of Richmond: Four Centuries of Courage, Dignity, and Virtue (2018)

Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Hero (link)
Michael David Bonifonte - Heroes of Richmond: Four Centuries of Courage, Dignity, and Virtue (2018)

The Japanese Man Who Saved 6,000 Jews With His Handwriting (link)
David Wolpe - The New York Times (2018)

 other

Psychology in the Public Service (pdf)
Philip Zimbardo - American Psychologist (2002)

Humanizing Monsters (link)
Casey Dorman - Civil American (2017)

academic articles - FREE ACCESS

Moral Personality Exemplified (link)
Larry Walker - Notre Dame Symposium on Personality and Moral Character (2006)

Heroism: A Conceptual Analysis and Differentiation Between Heroic Action and Altruism (pdf)
Zeno E. Franco, Kathy Blau, and Philip G. Zimbardo - Review of General Psychology (2011)

Nursing Heroism in the 21st Century (link)
P. Darbyshire - BMC Nursing (2011)

Making Heroes: The Construction of Courage, Competence and Virtue (link)
George R. Goethals & Scott T. Allison - Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (2012)

The Hero and the Internet: Exploring the Emergence of the Cyberhero Archetype (link)
Dana Klisanin - Media Psychology Review (2012)

“Now He Belongs to the Ages”: The Heroic Leadership Dynamic and Deep Narratives of Greatness (link)
Scott T. Allison & George R. Goethals - Conceptions of leadership: Enduring ideas and emerging insights (2014)

Lay Perspectives on the Social and Psychological Functions of Heroes (link)
Elaine Kinsella, Tim Ritches, & Eric Igou - Frontiers in Psychology (2015)

The Initiation of Heroism Science (link)
Scott T. Allison - Heroism Science (2015)

The Search For a Hero Gene: Fact or Fiction? (link)
Olivia Efthimiou - Heroism Science (2015)

Paradoxical Truths in Heroic Leadership: Implications for Leadership Development and Effectiveness (link)
Scott T. Allison & Jennifer Cecilione - Leadership Paradoxes (2016)

Social Representations of Hero and Everyday Hero: A Network Study from Representative Samples (link) 
Zsolt Keczer, Bálint File, Gábor Orosz, & Phil Zimbardo (2016)

Social Representations of Hero and Everyday Hero: A Network Study from Representative Samples (link)
Zsolt Keczer, Bálint File, Gábor Orosz and Philip G. Zimbardo - PLOS ONE (2016)

Heroism Research: A Review of Theories, Methods, Challenges, and Trends (link)
Zeno E. Franco et al. (2016)

Hero Worship: The Elevation of the Human Spirit (link)
Scott T. Allison and George R. Goethals - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (2016)

Don’t Judge a Living Book by its Cover: Effectiveness of the Living Library Intervention in Reducing Prejudice Toward Roma and LGBT People (link)
Gábor Orosz, Erzsébet Bánki, Beáta Bőthe, István Tóth-Király and Linda R. Tropp - Journal of Applied Social Psychology (2016)

The Hero’s Journey in the Extreme Fitness Exercise Infomercial (link)
James K. Beggan - Heroism Science (2016)

Studies on Documented Historical Cases of Civil and War Heroes: A Mini-Review (link)
Hannes Rusch - Heroism Science (2016)

Collaborative Heroism: An Empirical Investigation (link)
Dana Klisanin - Heroism Science (2016)

A Theological Perspective on Heroic Leadership in the Context of Followership and Servant Leadership (link)
Deborah Robertson - Heroism Science (2017)

On the Bravery and Courage of Heroes: Considering Gender (link)
Elaine Kinsella, Timothy Ritchie, and Eric Igou - Heroism Science (2017)

 On the Dynamics of Disobedience: Experimental Investigations of Defying Unjust Authority (link)
Piero Bocchiaro and Philip Zimbardo (2017)

How Not to Do a Mindset Intervention: Learning from a Mindset Intervention Among Students with Good Grades (link)
Gábor Orosz, Szilvia Péter-Szarka, Beáta Bőthe, István Tóth-Király and Rony Berger - Frontiers in Psychology (2017)

Heroic Leadership (link)
Scott T. Allison - Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (2017)

Heroic Memory: Remembering the Details of Others’ Heroism (link)
Jaclyn Ford et al. - Applied Cognitive Psychology (2017)

The Hero Organism: Advancing the Embodiment of Heroism Thesis in the 21st Century (link)
Olivia Efthimiou - Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership (2017) 

Underdogs as Heroes (link)
Joseph A. Vandello et al. - Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership (2017)

Heroism and the Pursuit of Meaning (link)
Jeff Green et al. - Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership (2017)

The Hero’s Transformation (link)
Scott T. Allison and George R. Goethals - Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership (2017)

Attributes and Applications of Heroes: A Brief History of Lay and Academic Perspectives (link)
Elaine Kinsella, Timothy Ritchie, and Eric Igou - Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership (2017)

Setting the Scene: The Rise and Coalescence of Heroism Science (link)
Scott T. Allison, George R. Goethals, & Roderick M. Kramer - Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership (2017)

academic articles - requires login or paid access

Evolution of Heroes: An Expanded Typology of Heroes for the Electronic Age (link)
Hakanen, Ernest - Sociological Forum (1996)

Heroism in Literature (link)
Ibrahim Taha - The American Journal of Semiotics (2002)

Health, Healing, and the Myth of the Hero Journey (link)
Marlaine Smith - Advances in Nursing Science (2002)

Definitions and Omissions of Heroism (link)
Jeffrey Martens - American Psychologist (2005)

Becoming a Teacher as a Hero’s Journey: Using Metaphor in Preservice Teacher Education (link)
Lisa Goldstein - Teacher Education Quarterly (2005)

 Volunteer Overseas Development Workers: The Hero’s Adventure and Personal Transformation (link)
Hudson, Sheena, & Kerr Inkson - Career Development International (2006)

Ancestral War and the Evolutionary Origins of “Heroism” (link)
Oleg Smirnov, Holly Arrow, Douglas Kennett, and John Orbell - Journal of Politics (2007)

Smirnov, Ancestral War and the Evolutionary Origins of “Heroism” (link)
Oleg Smirnov - Journal of Politics (2007)

Moral Personality of Brave and Caring Exemplars (link)
Larry Walker & Jeremy Frimer - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2007)

What Makes a Hero? The Impact of Integrity on Admiration and Interpersonal Judgment (link)
Barry Schlenker et al. - Journal of Personality (2008)

Is His Heroism Hailed and Hers Hidden? Women, Men, and the Social Construction of Heroism (link)
Rankin, Lindsay E. & Alice H Eagly - Psychology of Women Quarterly (2008)

Honesty and Heroes: A Positive Psychology View of Heroism and Academic Honest (link)
Sarah Staats et al. - The Journal of Psychology (2010)

How Can We Study Heroism? (link)
Eranda Jayawickreme & Paul Di Stefano - Political Psychology (2011)

The Hero’s Journey as a Developmental Metaphor in Counseling (link)
Gerard Lawson - Journal of Humanistic Counseling (2011)

A Case of Moral Heroism: Sympathy, Personal Identification, and Mortality in Rwanda (link)
Ari Kohen - Human Rights Review (2011)

Hierarchical Integration of  Agency and Communion: A Study of Influential Moral Figures (link)
Frimer et al. - Journal of Personality (2012)

The Personality Profile of Brave Exemplars: A Person-Centered Analysis (link)
W. Dunlop & Larry Walker - Journal of Research in Personality (2013)

The Role of Mortality Awareness in Heroic Enactment (link)
McCabe et al. - Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (2015)

Zeroing in on Heroes: A Prototype Analysis of Hero Features (link)
Elaine Kinsella, Tim Ritches, & Eric Igou - Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2015)

Historical and Experimental Evidence of Sexual Selection for War Heroism (link)
Hannes Rusch et al. - Evolution and Human Behavior (2015)

Heroism and Eudaimonia: Sublime Actualization Through the Embodiment of Virtue (link)
Zeno Franco, Olivia Efthimiou, & Phil Zimbardo - Handbook of Eudaimonic Well-Being (2016)

Transforming Motives and Mentors: The Heroic Leadership of James MacGregor Burns (link)
George R. Goethals & Scott T. Allison (2016)

The Psychology of Heroism: Extraordinary Champions of Humanity in an Unforgiving World (link)
Zeno E. Franco & Phil Zimbardo - The Social Psychology of Good and Evil, Second Edition (2016)

Heroism in Times of Crisis (link)
Zeno E. Franco - Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership (2017)

 The Berkeley Civic Courage and Heroism Experiment: The Group Dynamics of Individuals Acting in Concert to Advance Ethical Goals in the Public Interest (link
Bill Roller and Philip Zimbardo - International Journal of Group Psychotherapy (2017)

Heroism and the Pursuit of a Meaningful Life (link)
Elaine Kinsella, Timothy Ritchie, and Eric Igou - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

What Makes a Hero? Exploring Characteristic Profiles of Heroes Using Q-Method (link)
Brian Riches - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

Mindfulness-Based Heroism: Creating Enlightened Heroes (link)
Patrick Jones - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

Investigating Altruism and Selfishness Through the Hypothetical Use of Superpowers (link)
Ahuti Das-Friebel - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

Everyday Heroism in Practicing Psychology (link) 
Harris L. Friedman - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

Hero Versus Saint: Considerations From the Phenomenology of Embodiment (link)
Bryan Smyth - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

On Boredom and Perceptions of Heroes: A Meaning-Regulation Approach to Heroism (link)
Gillian Coughlan et al. - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

The Hybrid Hero: A Contagious Counter-Example (link)
Benjamin Van Tourhout - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

The Hero-Journey, Hamlet and Positive Psychological Transformation (link)
Peter Bray - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

The Hero’s Journey: A Mudmap for Change (link)
Clive Williams - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

Achilles and the Astronaut: What Heroism Humanities Can Teach Heroism Science (link)
Ruth Martin Curry - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

Scholarly Heroism: A Transdisciplinary Perspective on David Bohm’s Transformative Scholarship and Intellectual Exile (link)
Peter le Breton - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

The Making of a Hero: Cultivating Empath, Altruism, and Heroic Imagination (link)
Ari Kohen, Matt Langdon, and Brian Riches - Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017)

Heroism and Mental Health (available soon)
Scott T. Allison & Athena Cairo