Book Review: The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy by: Robin S. Rosenberg (Editor, Contributor) and Shannon O'Neill (Editor)


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Publish Date:
December 6, 2011

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Lisbeth Salander, the multi-faceted protagonist of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, is an enigma—an astoundingly intelligent, prickly bundle of contradictions. What makes her tick? What makes her special? Is she bound for an inevitably self-destructive end? Or can she rise from the ashes of her childhood trauma?

The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo investigates Lisbeth the same way Mikhail Blomkvist might, seeking answers from mental health clinicians and researchers to better understand Salander, her psychology, and her world—including the ways in which that world reflects, or doesn’t reflect, our own.

What exactly is a psychopath—and is Lisbeth Salander one?
How do abused children cope with that trauma?
What impact would Lisbeth’s eidetic memory and Asberger’s Syndrome have on her development?
Do hackers share certain psychological traits?
Is there a psychology of sexism?
What makes Lisbeth such a polarizing figure—both in her world and ours?

Review: One of the big reasons I enjoyed The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is because the writing is engaging, which is not always the case when reading psychology texts. The contributing writers do not dumb anything down, but instead present the information in layman’s terms. Please remember these essays contain the views of the author(s) and may not always reflect your own views or opinions after reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. I enjoyed the book and I felt it gave some additional insights into one of my favorite female characters in literature.


  1. It will be interesting to see if the actress in the film gets an Oscar!

  2. I am not the biggest fan of psychology..but this sounds interesting. Those books, which I loved, are all about Lizbeth and I would love to read an 'expert' take on her.


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