The Arkham Sessions is back with another exciting look at the Psychology of Batman! Arnold Wesker, AKA the Batman villain known as The Ventriloquist, is released from inpatient care after a solid six months of rehabilitation. His treatment team at Arkham is confident he’ll be fine, as long as his “alternate personality remains suppressed.” The docs, of course, are referring to his alter-ego, Scarface. Luckily, Wesker is set up with employment, therapeutic residential living assistance, and a decent aftercare plan. However, he soon finds himself plagued with trauma reminders, intrusive thoughts, and nightmares about his old, menacing pal, Scarface. He becomes miserably anxious, distracted, and hypervigilant. But is Scarface a product of The Ventriloquist’s own mind, a separate personality, or an actual living figure??? We tease apart the complexities of psychosis, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and post-traumatic responses. Additionally, we discuss the concept of a “trigger,” as well as the benefits and misuses of “trigger warnings.”
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