Capes, cowls and courage: the psychological power of superheroes | Andrea Letamendi | TEDxUCLA

09/07/2015 10:22:58

Are there any hobbies, or fascinations that you have that you do not share with others?
That you think would be frowned on by your classmates or your colleagues at work? Andrea Letamendi gives us a talk about how she decided to embrace her interests, and in the process became a superhero.

Andrea Letamendi is a Psychologist, Comics Consultant, and Assistant Director of Clinical Training at Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Bonnie Burton

LOVE THIS!!!! Andrea Letamendi needs to do more TED Talks!

09/12/2015
Mike Shields

Impressive Rule 63 costumes. You wore Hawkeye well.

08/11/2015
R Davis

Andrea is the coolest. Enjoyed chatting with her on an online radio show about comics -- she's sharp and snarky... a great combo.

26/10/2015
Someone “GooglePatriot” Comenting

Really interresting

30/08/2015
david esktorp

Oh please.  Cosplayers and comic addicts are mentally ill.  It's just as bad as a drug addiction.  Maybe worse in some cases.

This woman thinks she can use her phony baloney credentials, which basically grow on trees nowadays, to rationalize her own delusions and the behavior of her ridiculous friends.

I've got news for you.  If you're dress up like a 'super hero' or any other cartoon character, or find yourself cripplingly preoccupied with any form of fantasyfiction, you're basically insane.

Don't seek help, because you'll find some nutcase like this woman.

26/07/2015
Original Cyn Creative Services

I really enjoyed that. A great look at what superheroes can mean to the world and why they are so popular. You just inspired this author to write her next piece ;

20/07/2015
John ⁣Lenin

This was awesome, Thank you!

19/07/2015
Free Cheese Productions

Fascinating stuff, packed with truisms. Refreshing to hear, thank you!

19/07/2015
Toni Robinson

You're really on to something innovative and original. Wishing you continued success.

17/07/2015
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