Psychology of Batman & Joker

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Psychology November 13, 2012 Psychology of Batman When you see batman his image gives off a strong super hero who is ready to save the day. He can take on any villain and achieve any fear. What people don’t see about Batman is that he struggles from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. As a child Batman had to deal with many traumatic events such as the loss of his parents. As an adult he has found to cope with the psychological past that he has experienced. He lets fame and fortunes rule his life to forget about his inner most difficulties. Batman takes his fear of bats, the guilt of his parents’ death, and his double personality as something that he feels secretly rules his life. As a child Bruce Wayne fell into a well where bats attacked him which explains his phobia of bats. This terrifying experience haunts him but ironically he portrays himself as a bat. His entire image as a hero is based on his fear. Batman realizes that the only way to overcome his fear is to ultimately face it. Relating to Carl Rogers theory of phenomenon organisms react to what is experienced and perceived as reality to the individual. Experience is the way to understand behavior and emotion also accompanies it. When Batman sees the bats he is afraid but yet fights the emotion that he feels towards them. In overcoming Bruce’s fear of bats his parents were brutally murdered. While Bruce and his family were at a theatre bats were on the stage which led to him wanting to leave quickly. Once they went outside that’s when his parents were shot. After witnessing the death of his parents he can’t but to blame it on himself. He feels that since he wanted to leave early that he was at fault. If batman could have just put aside his phobia till the end of the show maybe his parents would still be alive. In Carl Rogers’s theory of self-concept he says that those who experience

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