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Comment from IBPP Editor: Psychological research traditions relevant to this article include (1) magical thinking not as schizotypal indicator but as normative phenomenon, (2) the developmental sequence of primary omniscience followed by the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions of Kleinian psychoanalysis, and (3) collective psychologies including the Jungian collective unconscious as exploitable by charismatic political leaders.

Author's abstract: Hollywood will always be Hollywood. There will always be ridiculous chase scenes, impossible rescues and implausible conspiracies, each accompanied by the proverbial warning, “Don’t try this at home.” But sometimes, when art seems to imitate life and aspects of the fantasy world on the page or screen seem to mirror our reality, we end up asking ourselves, “Is it possible? Is that really true?”

Guest Biography

Dr. Donna Roberts is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for Social Sciences and Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is an active fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a member of the ERAU Jack R. Hunt Society. Donna has been with Embry-Riddle since 2003 and held positions including Dean of Academic Affairs-International Region, Regional Associate Dean-European Region, Center Faculty Chair-Northern Italy, Discipline Chair of Sociology & Psychology and the Associate Discipline Chair of Social Sciences and Economics.

Dr. Roberts' research interests encompass various areas of psychology and education, including personality, consumer psychology, media psychology, generational studies, learning styles and the intersection between psychology and the arts.

Dr. Roberts resides in Europe. In her free time she enjoys writing, traveling, reading, and quilting. She is an avid supporter of human and animal rights.