Psychology’s Sandra Russ says children playing villains is completely normal

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Wired: Plenty of parents likely have wondered if their child’s obsession with playing the villain in a game of pretend is a cause for concern. But psychology professor Sandra Russ says it’s completely normal: “Kids have to express their aggression by playing pretend. It’s one of the ways they learn how to process their emotions, how to deal with their anger.”