Psychiatrist diagnoses The Joker and his interpretation might surprise you

Considering how many times all of Batman’s villains have been in Arkham Asylum, comic book fans pretty often default to the notion that the good-for-nothings must be there. In GKIn the new video “Psychiatrist Breaks Down Batman’s Psychotic Arkham Inmates,” psychiatrist Dr. Eric Bender takes a closer look at the behavior of several of the Bat-family antagonists with some surprising observations. While the likes of Two-Face, Penguin, and Maxie Zeus are discussed, it’s Dr. Bender’s diagnosis of The Joker, but most surprising is that he eventually reveals that he doesn’t think The Joker should ever be in Arkham!

“If I saw the Joker, the first thing I’d ask would be if he belongs in Arkham Asylum? He’s a person who seems to me like he doesn’t have a mental illness,” says Dr. Bender in the video. “Yes, there’s something wrong with him, as people say, in that he commits the crimes he commits. He kills people. He wants to introduce anarchy… He’s just ready to create chaos. He’s a cop of chaos. All that makes me think there are real psychological problems, like depression or anxiety or psychosis, something like that? And I don’t see that.”

Bender further noted that The Joker may have an antisocial personality disorder, which he summarized as “disregard for laws or rules” and “constantly lying”. Sound like someone who might know Batman? He adds that while The Joker meets the criteria for antisocial personality disorder, he is also quite clearly a “psychopath,” although the two don’t always go hand in hand.

“Since he is a psychopath and there is no significant mental illness associated with why he is committing the crimes, he does not belong here in Arkham,” Bender added. “He’s also tried not to get caught. He’s done things to obviously avoid getting caught, which means he knows what he’s doing is wrong… He knows what he’s doing, so he not only has no mental illness, he also knows what he’s doing is wrong. He belongs in Blackgate Penitentiary.”

In addition to diagnosing other Batman villains, Dr. Bender clear that despite what Batman comics might lead you to think, “mental illness does not lead to violence”. Dr. Bender continues: “You are 15 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed by a stranger with a chronic psychotic illness. Proper treatment can be helpful. I’m not saying that proper treatment would cure Joker or Penguin , or Mr. Zsasz, but proper treatment is important. It’s important to find and it’s important to provide, and I need to talk to a few people here about finding new psychiatrists in Arkham.”

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