People thirst for heroes. Back in 2010, on the eve of the release of our first book, Heroes: What They Do & Why We Need them, we decided to blog about them.
Little did we know that a decade later our heroes blog would be visited by over a million people. We’ve had visitors from all 50 states and 250 countries.
The 20 nations who visit our blog most frequently are the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Australia, the Philippines, India, Germany, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, New Zealand, China, South Africa, Singapore, and Mexico. We thank all of you for visiting us, leaving comments on our blog posts, and giving us helpful feedback and suggestions.
The top 10 U.S. states to visit us are, in order, California, Texas, New York, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Ohio.
What is it about heroes that has us longing for them? Like this blog, heroism science is only a decade old, but we’re learning more and more about why the world hungers for heroes. Allison and Goethals (2014) made the case that heroes provide both epistemic (wisdom) and energizing functions. Kinsella, Ritchie, and Igou (2015) provide data showing that heroes also serve moral modeling and protection functions.
In addition, my students and I are conducting studies showing that heroes help us achieve personal goals, build our self-esteem, promote positive feelings, and help us feel more socially connected with the world.
You may have noticed that many of our hero profiles have been removed from our blog. This is because they are included in our 2013 book entitled Heroic Leadership. This book offers a new conceptual framework for understanding heroes, and it also integrates theories of leadership with theories of heroism. We’ve since authored many other books on heroism.
Our Heroic Leadership book includes 100 hero profiles that at one time filled the pages of this heroes blog.
We’ve been studying heroes for many years and love blogging about them. So please do suggest some names for us to profile, or issues for us to address in commentary pieces. In the mean time, thanks so much for visiting us and for supporting today’s heroes.
–— Scott Allison and George Goethals, Professors of Psychology and Leadership Studies
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