Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight
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A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight who inspires fear in evildoers everywhere
Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?
- Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City
- Explains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world's most popular comic book characters
- Written by a psychology professor and "Superherologist" (scholar of superheroes)
to their fear centers, Crane no longer feels afraid of anything—and he misses that sensation.23 The master of fear grew up wanting to accept his fears and control them, not eliminate them altogether. His own toxins won’t induce fear in him either, whether because he has developed a tolerance (resistance to their effects) or damaged his fear centers so severely. A victim of his own devices, the boy who grew to cook up some fear for others now desperately seeks new ways to serve it to himself.
nervousness; unreliability; untruthfulness and insincerity; lack of insight; lack of remorse or shame; inadequately motivated antisocial behavior (as opposed to non-psychopaths, who might commit antisocial acts out of desperation or for other clear reasons); poor judgment and failure to learn from experience; pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love; poverty in major affective (emotional) reactions; interpersonal unresponsiveness; impersonal, trivial sex life; and failure to follow any
mythomania, compulsively lying even when honesty seems advantageous, because the truth makes them uncomfortable. Lies protect them. If you don’t like the histrionic person’s lie, he or she doesn’t have to take that dislike personally because it’s not about anything real, whereas a scowl at something truthful could hurt c07.indd 114 5/5/2012 7:50:00 AM T H E H A L L O W E E N P A R T Y 115 deeply. Even those histrionic persons who don’t lie all the time exaggerate, inflate, and tell every
psychologists” anymore, at least in part due to licensure requirements. Psychologists employed by Arkham appear to be clinical psychologists, who must have specialized clinical training and years of supervised experience treating clients. Psychologists come in many kinds. Despite the popular view of what psychologists do, only about half work in therapeutic occupations. Others work in a variety of fields, including academics (like the Scarecrow, Dr. Jonathan Crane), research, industry, business,
fantasies and urges (remember, Tetch does not fare well at distinguishing fantasy from reality), he would be, in the typology of pedophiles, a child molester of either the inadequate or fixated type, the particularly immature types. The inadequate type of child molester, usually because of a mental defect like mental retardation, senility, or psychosis, cannot recognize the wrongness of his or her behavior. Known for being strange or bizarre, this is a loner—not by choice but due to inability to