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Underdog Day

Underdogs have always had an interesting psychological concept on people; a team, group, or singular person who has no chance of winning, yet people cheer them on because everyone loves a story about the weakling being triumphant over the stronger adversary.  Everyone has been an underdog at some point in their life, and watching the Underdog succeed gives everyone hope that their lives that they’ll overcome their own difficulties.

Being the underdog can have both positive and negative psychological effects. While underdogs are often given public acclaim when they win, the perception that an underdog is likely to fail can increase the likelihood of failure, harm self-esteem, and cause performance anxiety.

If you’d like to cheer on some underdogs, try aiming for some of these books:

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (YA Fiction Collins, S)
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (YA Fiction Rowell, R)
The Warrior Heir – Cinda Williams Chima (YA Fantasy Chima, C)
Graceling – Kristin Cashore (YA Fiction Cashore, K)
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas (YA Fantasy Maas, S)
Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi (Axis360)
Switched – Amanda Hocking (YA Fantasy Hocking, A)
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake (YA Fantasy Blake, K)
Grace and Fury – Tracy Banghart (YA Fantasy Banghart, T)
Far From the Tree – Robin Benway (YA Fiction Benway, R)
Sadie – Courtney Summers (YA Fiction Summers, C)
Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian (YA Fantasy Sebastian, L)
The Astonishing Color of After – Emily X.R. Pan (YA Fiction Pan, E)
Hooper – Geoff Herbach (YA Fiction Herbach, G)
The Cruel Prince – Holly Black (YA Fantasy Black, H)
Turtles All the Way Down – John Green (YA Fiction Green, J)
Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds (YA Fiction Reynolds, J)
The Hundredth Queen – Emily R. King (YA Fantasy King, E)
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (YA Fiction Thomas, A)
Gem & Dixie – Sara Zarr (YA Fiction Zarr, S)
Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner (YA Fiction Zentner, J)
Falling Over Sideways – Jordan Sonnenblick (YA Fiction Sonnenblick)
A Prayer For Owen Meany – John Irving (Fiction Irving, J or PB Fiction Irving, J)
Vernon God Little – D.B.C. Pierre (eMediaLibrary)
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkein (Fiction Tolkein, J)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (JBattle Rowling, J)
Life of Pi – Yann Martel (PB Fiction Martel, Y)
Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut (Fiction Vonnegut, K)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (PB Kesey, K)
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (Fiction Heller, J)
Paradise Lost – John Milton (821 MIL)
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (SF Cline, E)
Wonder – R.J. Palacio (JBattle Palacio, R)
The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson (Fantasy Sanderson, B)

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/underdog 
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-big-questions/201006/the-appeal-the-underdog
https://learningtogo.info/2016/05/03/the-psychology-and-neuroscience-of-the-underdog-effect-why-were-all-leicester-city-football-fans/
https://blogs.psychcentral.com/character-strengths/2012/03/the-psychology-of-the-underdog/

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