Category Archives: Superheroes

The Arkham Sessions Podcast, Episode #119: “Legends of the Dark Knight”

“Legends of the Dark Knight” is a strikingly divergent episode in the animated series, portraying three distinct, stylized representations of Batman including: The Golden Age era, Frank Miller’s darkly toned The… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions Podcast, Episode #118: “SDCC Panel: The Psychology of Robin- Batman’s First Sidekick”

What makes Dick Grayson different from Bruce Wayne? At first glance, it appears that both superheroes experienced very similar childhood traumas. Would sharing this trauma – witnessing the murder of… Read the Rest »

Hulk: Marvel Tackles Trauma

In the new comic, HULK, we see an entirely different version of “superhero.” Now that Hulk is Jen Walters (previously, She-Hulk), Marvel is introducing a unique look at trauma, mental… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions Podcast, Episode #101: “WonderCon 2017: The Psychology of Animated Series””

Our live panel recording from WonderCon 2017 is here! This special episode includes commentary from creators and writers who worked on Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men Animated Series, Star Wars:… Read the Rest »

Stories of Suicide: Myths, Risks, and Help-Seeking in the Creative Community

September 8 – 14 is National Suicide Prevention Week, an annual campaign sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology that recognizes suicide as a major public health concern and promotes the message that… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 24: “Batman” (1989)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman movie, The Arkham Sessions takes a break from Batman: The Animated Series to pay special tribute to the legendary film… Read the Rest »

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 23: “Fear of Victory”

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… Read the Rest »

4 Reasons Why The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a Good Superhero Movie–Psychologically Speaking

Let’s put discussions about spider venom, curative DNA, and other plot implausibilities aside. The credibility surrounding the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is found in the psychology of the film…. Read the Rest »

Heroes in Harm’s Way: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and the Impact of Trauma on Professional Healers

I used to work closely with veterans and retired soldiers at the VA Hospital. I did bedside psychological evaluations following their surgeries, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries. I treated them… Read the Rest »

The Psychology of the Man of Steel: Should Today’s Superman Be More Morally Realistic?

  Superman has changed, and there’s no denying this. Although he wears the same iconic “S” on his chest, the Superman we see in the film Man of Steel embodies… Read the Rest »