The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 81: “Riddler’s Reform”

To Batman’s surprise, The Riddler has been released from Arkham Asylum for “good behavior.” In an even more head-scratching move, The Riddler decides to launch a lucrative toy line, selling games and puzzles to his adoring fans. He basks in his new celebrity status, accusing Batman of developing paranoia and delusions for questioning his recovery. Has The Riddler truly reformed or is he up to no good?

In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the possibility of reform and rehabilitation for The Riddler, especially in the context of his features of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Do personality and relational styles persist over time, or can people change those fundamental features? Furthermore, we discuss how The Riddler might have been able to fool his doctors and his parole board. What are the motivations of real patients who pretend not to have a mental health disorder in the context of a clinical assessment or psychological testing? And what are the signs to look for to detect what’s called “Faking Good?”  All this and more in this week’s episode of the show!

You can check out the complete audio coverage of our WonderCon professional panel from 2016, The Psychology of the Marvel T.V. Universe, which features the writers of current Marvel television programs Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Arkham Sessions is a podcast dedicated to the psychology of the show, Batman: The Animated Series.  Have psychology related questions about Batman? Write to us via twitter @ArkhamSessions or on Facebook. Or visit our official website.

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