The Joker and his Antisocial Personality Disorder How would you know if someone has antisocial personality disorder? According to Haycock, Dean A., and Emily Jane Willingham, “antisocial personality disorder is a diagnosis applied to persons who routinely behave with little or no regard for the rights, safety, or feelings of others” (109). The 1989 Batman film would not be what it is without the comical and evil Joker. Millionaire Bruce Wayne having witnessed his parents' brutal murdered as a child, fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed hero who brings justice into the heart of Gotham. A crazed madman calling himself "The Joker" starts taking over Gotham's criminal underworld. Batman must now stand up to his most ruthless …show more content…
According to Korsmeyer and Kranzler, “ASPD is termed dissocial personality disorder (DPD)….to meet criteria for DPD, and individual must have three of the following persistent behaviors: callous unconcern for the feeling of others; gross irresponsibility and disregard for social norms…etc. (182). They are usually quick to exploit others and put themselves at the highest priority.” In the film, the Joker portrays this characteristic in the scene where he takes control over the crime syndicate of Gotham. In this scene the Joker sends in his armed henchmen with their guns pointed at all the members of the crime gang. He shows no regard for the freedom of the members. He forces them against their will and makes them agree to his terms only. The film devices and techniques in this scene of Joker taking over the crime gang, shows the new rules he demands, which emphasizes the characteristic of the disregard for other people’s rights. One film device seen in this scene is camera movement. Camera movement is used to shape meaning and move the audience. The camera trucks in this scene following the Joker around the room as he walks around the board members. This device shows the Joker’s domineering attitude and disregard for the people’s rights. His mind was already made up. He was going to do whatever he wanted regardless of them. Camera shot was also used as a film device in this …show more content…
According to Haycock and Willingham, “The characteristic of antisocial personality disorder is an extreme disregard for the rights of other people. Individuals with APD lie and cheat to gain money or power” (111). People with this disorder frequently lie, cheat, and manipulate to obtain favors or goods.” In this film, the Joker portrays this characteristic in the scene where he manipulates the people of Gotham by giving them money and he even ends up shooting his number one henchmen. The Joker and his henchmen throw money to the people of Gotham while riding on a parade float. The Joker manipulates and tricks the people of Gotham by releasing poisonous gas in the air while everyone was trying to catch the free money. He deceived them as if he was giving them money but he was actually harming their lives. Also in this scene the Joker ends up killing Bob, his number one henchmen. In an earlier scene the Joker told Bob, “…and remember you are my number one guy.” The Joker lied to Bob and used him to do a lot of his dirty work. He made him feel most valuable but later devalued his life by cold heartedly taking it. The personality displayed in the scene where the Joker offers to give away free money to the streets of Gotham help to further emphasize the lying and manipulating characteristic. One film device seen in this scene is low camera angle. Low camera angle is a camera angle that looks up at a
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During the McCoy murder case he was formally diagnosed with an antisocial personality disorder. Antisocial personality disorder, also can be called sociopathy, is a mental condition in which a person constantly shows that they have no regard for right and wrong and ignore the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. Gacy said that after his first killing
Psychopaths are human beings that have the need to have some sort of physical contact with others. This article also says that once upon a lifetime, every psychopath has felt things in a much greater scale than non-psychopaths, which has contributed to the lack of emotions or remorse later in life. I like this article because it humanizes psychopaths, instead of making them seem like monsters. It also explains that psychopaths are people that have suffered greatly in life, and because of that, have unconsciously chosen to stop caring and stop feeling to avoid getting
Psychopath and sociopath are two terms classified as antisocial personality disorders in the world of psychology. Although many people have heard of these two terms, quite often people do not know what sets them apart from one another. A sociopath is defined as a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. The definition of psychopath is similar in being a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior. By looking at the definitions, these personality disorders appear very similar; however, there are specific attributes that are more specific to one of the two.
NPD gives its host a grandiose sense of self-pride, and SPD forces a person to act in a sheltered, anti-social manner (Capps 262). Because delusions and hallucinations are not associated with NPD and SPD, the prosecutors were able to argue that his delusions regarding Jodie Foster were not unintentionally brought on, but instead, they were false hopes that Hinckley conducted himself. The defense attorneys and the prosecutors spent an immense amount of time analyzing Hinckley, and attempting to determine the type of mental disorder he had. Hinckley was ultimately diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, and in every attempt to be released from his hospital confinement, the judge would argue that his NPD caused him to lack judgment about his illness, and was therefore a threat to society (Capps
However, the most intriguing topic concerning Batman’s mental stability was the evaluation of Batman’s love life. Batman has fallen in love but he lives a life of mystery and interacts with a false identity. To keep Gotham citizens unaware that Batman is Bruce Wayne, Bruce wears a bat-suit which is a dark outfit that includes a night bat-like mask while fighting crime. To further conceal his identity from the world, Bruce gave his real name an alter-ego that has the personality of a wealthy playboy while he acts out his true identity as Batman. Thus, Batman is unable to maintain a romantic relationship with anyone due to intimacy and his alter-ego, regardless if Batman wants a love life or not.
This is defined as "breaking rules and laws, takes advantage of other people for personal gain, feels little remorse or guilt, appears friendly and charming on the surface, and is often intelligent. " John Wayne Gacy was doing all of the above. He lured children and employees into his car, being charming on the surface, and his friendly neighbor said that he was very intelligent and brilliant. Another disorder relating to him is borderline. He had very unstable relationships, starting with his father-son affair.
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Ego in Relationship to the Dark Triad Decision making; the process of evaluating positives, negatives, and alternatives before selecting an option. To make impactful decisions, one must be able to forecast and weigh all outcomes intelligently, then make the best decision for the situation at hand. However, there is an obstacle, the ego. As defined by Sigmund Freud, ego, is the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and unconscious, distinguishes between reality, and contains ideas about personal identity. It has something of a metaphysical and personal importance that is crucial to decision making and critical thinking.
They tend to have inflexible thoughts and behaviors in social situations (Noggle, Rylander, & Soltys, 2013). In The Neuropsychology of Psychopathology, the author states that “a personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations
The director conveys good vs evil through the use of mise-en-scene. The scene begins with a long shot in low key lighting of the Commissioner walking into interrogate the Joker, after Commissioner sits down the scene gets shot with side lighting slowly zooming into his face close up. After Commissioner leaves in changes to high key lighting with a low angle shot of batman slamming Jokers head on the table with diegetic sounds of a bang and the Joker saying “Never start with the head the victim gets all fuzzy, he can’t feel the next.” When Batman grabs Joker and shoves him against the wall there is a diegetic sound of a bang with a two-shot side on close up, then going to a close up with more diegetic sounds of bangs and then glass shattering. After glass has shattered it changes to a low angle shot of Batman’s face and a high angle shot of Jokers face with nondiegetic sound of intense
and she died at the end of the movie. Jim Gordan, the commissioner, worked together with Harvey Dent and Batman in controlling the crime cases that happens in the city until The Joker shows up. Alfred is the guardian of Bruce Wayne (Batman) after his parents died. Lucius Fox is one of the employees in Wayne Enterprises who is supporting Batman by providing Batman the equipment. 2.
“As a man, I 'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol ... as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting” (Batman Begins). Batman is one of the most popular superheroes of all time. Although he has no superpowers, his willpower and intelligence combined with his physical prowess, and ingenuity make him an incredibly dangerous opponent. In his secret identity he puts on the mask of Bruce Wayne, billionaire, playboy. In Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, Batman combats crime and faces several villains and their plots to wreak havoc and cause chaos.
I have chosen Batman as the superhero I have conducted my research on. Batman is of course a fictional superhero owned by DC Comics. He first appeared in a detective comic in the May of 1939, written by Bill Finger. He was first known as The Bat-Man and later, the Dark Knight and world’s greatest detective. Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, who lives in Gotham, who is a billionaire philanthropist and industrialist.