The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 73: “Time Out of Joint”

We’ve all felt it before. The thirst for revenge. The impulse to strike out at someone who’s wronged us. An eye for an eye. And yet, psychological science has demonstrated that very little satisfaction results from enacting revenge. In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we revisit one of the beloved yet misunderstood villains, The Clock King. The last time we discussed this meticulous, well-dressed, and time-obsessed perfectionist, we proposed that a likely explanation for his behavior was Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Upon returning to the character this week, we see very little presence of extreme order and rigidity.  In this sci-fi inspired storyline, The Clock King has acquired a device that can manipulate time, allowing him to move at a speed much faster than his environment, ultimately facilitating his criminal activity. We soon learn that he’s continuing his vendetta against Gotham City’s mayor, with a plan to blow up the courthouse in a violent and shocking demonstration.

As we consider The Clock King’s determination–no, obsession–with revenge, we discuss what the real consequences are of seeking retaliation, and offer up some explanations of why folks who desire revenge may be doing themselves more harm than good. Finally, we discuss some healthy ways to manage those feelings of revenge. Listen the full analysis below!

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