Stan Lee… Super Therapist
Stan Lee, you will be missed. We all have our different takes on the passing of Stan Lee. The young kid hired as a “go-for” by the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics. His rise to the editor of what has become the standard for kids who are now watching Marvel movies. I have my personal favorite comics that will be my favorites, forever. (think Spiderman) But what I personally think is Stan Lee may have been the best unknown therapist besides Milton H. Erickson.
Genius of Archetypes
What makes a good therapist? A good therapist is someone who can get their clients to identify what they are doing and make sense out of what seems to be crazy behavior, because it may not be. It may be that the only way they can get their needs met is through this “crazy behavior”. It is through this making sense of our behavior allows us to make different choices. One way to do that is getting the client to identify with their archetypes.
What makes comic and Marvel movies work are also, the archetypes. The most used is the Hero Archetype, but you can’t have a hero without a villain. Stan Lee’s genius was in showing both the light and dark sides of his characters. He also paid particular attention to showing the human side of the characters. Their doubts, frailties and any behavior that is particularly human in nature. We all need this reminder that no matter who we are, what we do, we are all human.
The Dark Side
Think the most important aspect of Stan Lee characters is the Dark Archetypes. They remind us what can happen if we over-identify with our archetype and forget that occasionally you still have to shower and go to the bathroom. All of the Dark archetypes have forgotten to feel compassion or empathy for their fellow humans. Their wounds are too deep to allow that type of feeling to be expressed.
It always makes me sad when we lose those who are doing it right. Those individuals who make it their life’s work to make this planet a better place to live in; while living their dream. Perhaps we all should take a moment and think about what it is that that you’d rather be doing than what you are doing now. AND GO DO THAT!!!
WE ARN’T GOING TO GET OUT OF HERE ALIVE, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL HAVE A GOOD TIME WHILE YOU ARE HERE.
Good Journey Stan… You will be missed…