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.

Based on the 1975 Detective Comics story "The Cape and Cowl Death Trap" by Elliot S. Maggin, this episode of Batman: The Animated Series features a relatively unknown crook by the name of Wormwood. Full of grandiosity and egoism, Wormwood quickly bites the bait when he's propositioned by a colleague into getting Batman's cape and cowl. Although we see Riddler-esque trickery and brain-teasers within Wormwood's interrogations, the episode isn't really about this subpar villain. Rather, it sheds some light onto Batman's tactics and his questionable moral decisions. In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss Batman's behavior as far as his approach toward torture, manipulation and deceitfulness.

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In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we gently put aside the VHS and screen a contemporary work from the DC animated universe. This is our spoiler-free anaysis of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, King Shark, Black Spider, Killer Frost and, of course, the Joker. This is Batman: Assault on Arkham!

In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we gently put aside the VHS and screen a contemporary work from DC Universe Animated. Use the player above to listen to our spoiler-free analysis of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, King Shark, Black Spider, Killer Frost, KB Beast, and, of course the Joker.

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In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the fascinating neuroscience of dreams and the growing research supporting our ability to control our own actions within them!

In our analysis, we discuss the fascinating neuroscience of dreams and the growing research supporting our ability to control our actions in dreams. Furthermore, by raising the scenario of being “plugged into a dream machine,” this episode dares us to contemplate the importance of an existence in which we have free will, motivation, and actual contact with an unfiltered reality. Before The MatrixThe Nexus, and Inception, there was Batman: The Animated Series.

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In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we delve deeper into Poison Ivy's psychology by exploring her predilection for plants and her fanatic, destructive level of devotion to protect them.

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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 28 "Dreams in Darkness"

If Batman ended up in an Arkham Asylum cell, would he be deemed "normal?" Or would the Gotham facility known for housing the "criminally insane" keep him under lock and key? Fighting the onset of paranoid delusions and vivid hallucinations, Batman struggles to reveal the real cause of his insanity: The Scarecrow. In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the experience of being hospitalized for psychiatric reasons, the dangers of labeling people with disorders, and the feelings of dehumanization sometimes perceived by patients in the mental health care system.

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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 27 "Mad as a Hatter"

How far would you go to earn the affection of someone you love? Send them a roomful of gifts? Surprise them at their doorstep? Advance the science of neurotechnology to a whole new level by developing mind-controlling head accessories? In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we explore the delusions and dangers of obsessive, unrequited love as only personified by the Mad Hatter.

The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Stalking In ‘Batman: Mad As A Hatter’

How far would you go to earn the affection of someone you love? Send them a roomful of gifts? Surprise them at their doorstep? Advance the science of neurotechnology to a whole new level by developing mind-controlling head accessories?



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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 26 "Appointment in Crime Alley"

Are Bruce and Dr. Leslie Thompkins enacting a healthy coping method by commermorating the Waynes every year in "Crime Alley?" Or is this a sign of prolonged grief and their inability to move on? In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss how some people who experience trauma and negative life events can get "stuck" on bad thoughts which keep them from overcoing the tragedies in their lives.

Are Bruce and Leslie enacting a healthy coping method by commemorating the Waynes every year in “Crime Alley”, or is this a sign of prolonged grief and their inability to move on? In this episode of the Arkham Sessions, we discuss how some people who experience trauma and negative life events can get “stuck” on bad thoughts which keep them from overcoming the tragedies in their lives.   

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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 25 "The Clock King"

It's about time! The Arkham Sessions returns to the analysis of Batman: The Animated Series with a classic favorite, "The Clock King." The title villain is a seemingly harmless, time-obsessed efficiency expert who learns the unfortunate lession that one small change in his schedule can turn him into a vengeful killer. The show delves into the traits and states of people who are obsessive-compulsive and has us asking if rigidity and extreme order can actually cause more harm than good.

The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of O.C.D. In ‘Batman: The Clock King’

It’s about time! The Arkham Sessions returns to the analysis of every episode of Batman: The Animated Series with a classic favorite, “The Clock King.” The title villain is a seemingly harmless, time-obsessed efficiency expert who learns the unfortunate lesson that one small change in his schedule can turn him into a vengeful killer. Of course, Batman won’t let him get away with demolishing trains, overriding the city’s traffic controls, and strapping Gotham’s mayor to the top of the clock tower. With some insight from the episode’s writer, the show delves into the traits and states of people who are obsessive-compulsive. The psychologically satisfying episode has us asking if rigidity and extreme order can actually cause more harm than good.



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The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of O.C.D. In ‘Batman: The Clock King’

It’s about time! The Arkham Sessions returns to the analysis of every episode of Batman: The Animated Series with a classic favorite, “The Clock King.” The title villain is a seemingly harmless, time-obsessed efficiency expert who learns the unfortunate lesson that one small change in his schedule can turn him into a vengeful killer. Of course, Batman won’t let him get away with demolishing trains, overriding the city’s traffic controls, and strapping Gotham’s mayor to the top of the clock tower. With some insight from the episode’s writer, the show delves into the traits and states of people who are obsessive-compulsive. The psychologically satisfying episode has us asking if rigidity and extreme order can actually cause more harm than good.



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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 8:09am PST
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The Arkham Sessions, Episode 24 "Batman" (1989)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman, The Arkham Sessions takes a break from Batman: The Animated Series to pay special tribute to the legendary film that influenced the style, music, and dark themes of the animated show. Is the film, as Burton once described, a story about the intertwined paths of Batman and the Joker, culminating in a "fight between two disturbed people?"  How does Keaton's Bruce Wayne compare to Conroy's version when it comes to the maintenance--or fusion--of multiple identities? How is Nicholson's Joker more destructive and dangerous than Hamill's?  Listen to this special edition of the The Arkham Sessions and reminisce about Batman '89 in a whole new way.

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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.



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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.



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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.



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Category:Pop Culture Psychology -- posted at: 7:00am PST
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