THE ARKHAM SESSIONS, by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.
The Arkham Sessions, Episode 23 "Fear of Victory"

The menacing, sadistic villain Scarecrow escapes from Arkham Asylum and targets all of Gotham's star athletes. But Scarecrow's fear-inducing crimes are actually not the highlight of this episode. Rather, it's the sudden onset of Robin's panic attacks, his struggle to overcome his fears and Batman's surprising expertise in anxiety treatment that take center ring in this satifying episode!

Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.



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Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.



Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of 'Fear Of Victory' | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-fear-of-victory-podcast/?trackback=tsmclip

Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.



Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of 'Fear Of Victory' | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-fear-of-victory-podcast/?trackback=tsmclip

Did you know that most of us will experience a panic attack at some point in our lives? And over 11% of people will suffer from panic attacks to the point that it interferes with their ability to function.

Did you also know which superhero happens to be an expert on panic attacks? Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the episode “Fear of Victory” from Batman: The Animated Series.



Read More: The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology Of 'Fear Of Victory' | http://comicsalliance.com/arkham-sessions-fear-of-victory-podcast/?trackback=tsmclip
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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:00am PST
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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 22 "Vendetta"

Hidden behind the vicious exterior of sharp teeth and menacing claws is a man who has dealt with disfigurement from a medical condition his whole life. How did this physical deformity impact him psychologically? How realistic is his uncontrollable anger and thirst for revenge? The doc explains how biological, cognitive, emotional and social "pathways" interact to explain how the Croc's life choices are actually understandable.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:32am PST
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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 21 "Joker's Favor"

To owe the Joker a favor is never good. Unless, of course, that favor is listening to The Arkham Sessions. In this week's episode, we talk about folks that "snap," we continue to explore the Joker's diagnosis and we're introduced to the Joker's very special numero uno, Harley Quinn!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 5:01pm PST
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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 20 "Feat of Clay"

You know the story. You start with an attractive, successful actor who finds a "supplement" that helps his career. The "miracle pharmaceutical" happens to have a permanent, insidious side effect. And horrifically, our friend turns into the monstrous villain CLAYFACE and tries to destroy Batman! In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the components of substance abuse disorders, vulnerability to addictions, and how traumatic experiences lead people to "self-medicate."

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:15am PST
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Batman's no fool. He's a man of science. In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we talk about the psychology of persuasion, the principles that con artists use to deceive and defraud us, and the research that shows just who is susceptible to this kind of victimization.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:18am PST
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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 18 "Beware the Gray Ghost"

In a very realistic take on hero worship, this episode introduces us to Batman's idol: The Gray Ghost and shows us that even Batman can be an avid fan of a fictional character, down to his collection of costumes, memorabilia, and toys. But there's more to his fanboy adoration of this T.V. idol-- we discuss how the Gray Ghost represents justice and hope, and how he helped instill Bruce's moral beliefs (sound familiar?). Most of all, the Gray Ghost allows Bruce to honor the memory of his deceased father. Listen here for the full analysis!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:10am PST
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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 17 "See No Evil"

A father with a criminal history and a restraining order against him returns to Gotham City after serving jail time. He begins sneaking into his daughter's room at night and devises a plan to kidnap her without his ex-wife knowing. His strategy? An invisibility suit. Of course, Batman will do everything he can to protect the young girl. In this psychologically-rich episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the mental health of children of incarcerated parents, explain how anonymity can facilitate antisocial behavior, and assert that Batman would make a great father.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:58am PST
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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 16 "The Cat and the Claw, Part 2"

In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we delve deeper into Bruce Wayne's struggle with his alter identity as Batman, how he deals with emotional vulnerability, his hunger for romantic connections, and rejection.

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Bruce Wayne has finally met his match in the lovely Selina Kyle, AKA Catwoman! But has Batman? In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, Dr. Letamendi discusses Bruce's rigidity when wearing the cowl and we even get to talk a little about the psychology of cosplay!

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Mr. Freeze is perhaps one of the most fascinating villains in the Batman Universe. He is detached, inexpressive, and like his name implies, cold. And yet, Mr. Freeze is inexplicably lifelike and relatable. "Heart of Ice" is arguably one of the most influential stories from Batman: The Animated Series because of this well-written origin story. After of the sudden, devastating loss of his wife, Nora, scientist Victor Fries transforms into Mr. Freeze, a vengeful killer, willing to harm anyone who steps in his way. But there is more to this tragic story. Under the subzero suit is a person burdened with unrelenting pain and sorrow. In this episode, we discuss the difficulty of dealing with loss and letting go, and explain how being "frozen in grief" is a very real thing. 

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:16am PST
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In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, Batman's down for the count, but the Junior Detectives, Sherman and Roberta, have this battle with the Penguin covered. Dr. Letamendi discusses the effects of bullying and even blows our minds with her REAL thoughts about this episode of Batman: The Animated Series.

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Our old friend, Rupert Thorne, is back and this time, he's terrorizing Gotham's presiding mob boss, Arnold Stromwell. Unfortunately, Stromwell's got some inner demons doing more damage than Thorne ever could. And we check 'em all out on this episode of The Arkham Sessions!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:38am PST
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The epic origin of Two-Face continues with part two! It's been six months since we last saw the former District Attorney disfigured by a horrible blast and now, he's become one of the city's biggest crime bosses. But is he past the point of no return? Batman doesn't think so. And we're not sure either! Find out on this week's episode of The Arkham Sessions!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:15am PST
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What can cause a virtuous citizen to transform into a destructive villain? It's the first time we analyze Two-Face, one of Gotham City's most interesting baddies! The amazing two-part episode of Batman: The Animated Series portrays one of the most memorable origin stories. On this week's show, we tackle Part 1 and discuss issues of multiple personalities, bipolar disorder, and hypnotherapy. It's the ultimate story of good vs. evil, moral vs. corrupt, loyalty vs. betrayal!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:18am PST
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Gotham's most dangerous villain is back--this time, with something to prove!  We deconstruct yet another episode of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES which features The Joker! This portrayal of the "psychotic clown" shows both his callous, destructive side as well as his jovial, charming nature. In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we talk about the Joker's most likely mental health condition, discuss the personality trait known as "risk-taking," and question why clowns freak us the bat out!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 12:35pm PST
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Episode 8 "The Forgotten"
Bruce Wayne gets hit over the head by a street thug and develops amnesia in "The Forgotten," a memorable--see what we did there?-- episode of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. We discuss memory disorders, traumatic brain injury, and ridiculously high-waisted pants in this episode of The Arkham Sessions, a podcast dedicated to the psychology of Batman!

Have psychology related questions about Batman? Write to us on Twitter (@ArkhamSessions) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheArkhamSessions)!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:16am PST
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It's a classic case of "He Said/They Said," when Detective Bullock rushes into a building before his back-up's arrived. And, naturally, the Batman's at the center of the truth and the lies. Or is it all about perception and how we remember events? Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward dive into episode 7 to find out!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:15am PST
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Imagine that Fagin from Oliver Twist and Captain Hook from Peter Pan had a love child. Now give him an eyepatch and pet killer crocs. You've got the Sewer King, a cruel man who kidnaps young runaways in Gotham City and forces them to work for him in cavernous sewers under the city. We learn that nothing angers Batman more than child maltreatment in this episode of The Arkham Sessions, a podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 9:18am PST
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It's finally time to talk about the ladies of Gotham! Or at least one lady: Poison Ivy. Maybe we've fallen under her tantalizing spell, but we're pretty sympathetic of her murderous actions in this episode of The Arkham Sessions, a podcast dedicated to the psychological deconstruction of the classic show, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. I'm also convinced that Batman's greatest threat is a giant killer vagina. Trust me on this one.

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The Psychotic Clown is back! But, wait; is "psychotic" the right word to describe the Joker? Join us in the 4th episode of The Arkham Sessionsas we delve into another classic episode of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Oh, and Bruce Wayne takes a LOT of showers in this one.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:39am PST
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What are phobias? How are they treated? And what is Batman really afraid of? (OK, that one is fairly obvious, we admit). The Arkham Sessions explores the theme of fear and anxiety through the mischief of another classic Gotham City villain, The Scarecrow, from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 3:34pm PST
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Think the Joker is psychotic? Delusional? Or just unloved? This is the second episode of The Arkham Sessions, a fun and insightful podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. In this episode, we explore why the Joker and the Bat may have more in common than you might think! So grab a hot chocolate, put on those new bat-slippers, and listen to our holiday special!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 3:19pm PST
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Welcome, Gothamites! This is the first episode of The Arkham Sessions, a fun and insightful podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. The first episode debuts the Dark Knight and his entangled encounter with the villain of the week, Man-Bat! Think you know what makes Man-Bat tick... er, flap? Check out the episode and comment below!

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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 3:07pm PST
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