Offering a holistic take on an emerging field, this edited collection examines how heroism manifests, is appropriated, and is constructed in a broad range of settings and from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Psychologists, educators, lawyers, researchers and cultural analysts consider how heroism intersects with wellbeing, and how we still use—and even abuse—heroism as a vehicle to thrive and prosper in the everyday and in the face of the most unbearable situations. Highlighting some of the most pressing issues in today’s world—including genocide, racism, deceitful business practices, bystanderism, mental health, unethical governance and the global refugee crisis—this book applies a critical psychological perspective in synthesizing the social construction of heroism and wellbeing, contributing to the development of global wellbeing indicators and measures.

chapter |17 pages


Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Recognizing Our Personal Heroic Imperative
ByOlivia Efthimiou, Scott T. Allison, Zeno E. Franco

section 1|39 pages

Historical Contexts

chapter 1|12 pages

Transforming Through Ambivalence

Failure, Deviance, and Contradiction in Heroism
ByGraham Seal

chapter 2|11 pages

Rethinking Hero Status in Colonial Western Australia

A Step Towards Reconciliation
BySarah Booth, Luciano Pavez

chapter 3|14 pages

Rebuilding Lives

Heroism and Gender in the Great War Community of an Australian Soldier
ByMargaret J. Warburton

section 2|42 pages

Teaching and Fostering Heroism

chapter 4|11 pages

The Heroic Learner

Engaging and Inspiring Students Through the Art of Heroism
ByJoanna Pascoe

chapter 5|14 pages

The Hero’s Journey

A Mudmap to Wellbeing
ByClive Williams

chapter 6|15 pages

Personal Heroism Through Fact and Fiction

Safeguarding Truth and Freedom in the Utopia of Star Trek and the Whistle-Blowing of Edward Snowden
ByChris Comerford

section 3|48 pages

Contemporary Professional Practices

chapter 7|17 pages

Fake Heroism as a Mechanism for Mafia Offer

A Critical Realism Perspective on the Abuse of Heroism
ByLayla Al-Hameed

chapter 8|13 pages

Lawyers as Heroes

Fostering Holistic Wellbeing by Developing Heroic Virtues in Law Students
ByNick James, Francina Cantatore

chapter 9|16 pages

The Visible-Invisible School Leader

Redefining Heroism and Offering Alternate Metaphors for Educational Leadership
ByDeborah M. Netolicky

section 4|91 pages

Crisis, Displacement, and Recovery

chapter 10|14 pages

Paradoxical Heroism

Heroic Altruism and Wellbeing During and After the Holocaust
ByStephanie Fagin-Jones

chapter 11|15 pages

Heroic Feat

An Aboriginal Sporting Club’s Collective Journey to Healthy Resistance
ByAmma Buckley, Craig Turley

chapter 12|14 pages

The Unintended Consequences of Heroism or Acts of Bravery on Civilians

ByThomas E. Voigt, Andrew Day, Susan Balandin

chapter 13|16 pages

The Adversity Antidote

How Heroism Education Is Being Employed to Navigate Hardship and Achieve Wellbeing in Flint, Michigan
ByEllie Jacques

chapter |30 pages


Definition, Synthesis, and Applications of Heroic Wellbeing
ByOlivia Efthimiou, Scott T. Allison, Zeno E. Franco