by Charles Jarvis, LMHC
I always loved the concept of superheroes; what they symbolize to us as people and what they mean to our culture. What values do we see in them that represent hope for us?
In the past few days I have watched numerous superhero films, of good characters, antiheroes and supervillains. I have found all the themes to be the same–what can we complete together, what can we overcome? And I began to think, what can we overcome in our own lives? Let’s be honest, who are the real superheroes–nurses, doctors, police, teachers, firefighters, EMT’s, just to name a few. But what can we overcome? What great challenges can we employ and prosper?
I think it boils back to values, attracting us to certain characters. We project importance in what the character is doing, a part because we are entertained, but also we admire their drive or work ethic. We don’t normally give it thought, but these characters were designed to reflect us. They were designed to portray a side of humanity that instilled hope – particularly after World War 2.
I have begun to think about the attributes these heroes bring to the table and focus on how that could relate to my life. Super strength or flying could be fantasy, but do they tell the truth, or hold good ethics? These fantastic skills seem secondary to the core of their character, which provides us with our take away. Can we hold that focus in our world, and benefit the people around us?
I’m hopeful as we enter into 2022 that we are able to better look at ourselves. We have the ability to change, improve, and show empathy to the people around us. We are not in the same boat, just like superheroes, villains, and antiheroes are commonly on a different path. However just like the comics, we do impact one another. Stay vigilant my friends, and focus on what is important.
About Charles Jarvis, LMHC
Charles Jarvis is a licensed mental health counselor practicing in Massachusetts with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He has been working in mental health since 2008 and has held a variety of critical roles. As a community hospital site manager, he has a specialized focus on those in the community experiencing mental health crises. In addition, he has worked in outpatient therapy, day, and community programs as well as specializing in populations with life-threatening symptoms. He enjoys talking to people with an aim to support his clients in their goal to achieve a better life experience.