The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of Batman: The Animated Series. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight!
The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 132 – “The Demon Reborn”
In this episode, we tackle the difficult subject of “end-of-life” care, which refers to the medical and counseling planning around a person’s last days of life. Psychologists are increasingly using their expertise to help people with terminal illnesses have so-called “good deaths.” Studies, in fact, show that medical experts are uniformly poor at predicting when a particular patient will die – yet a psychological approach allows for the proper processing of confusion, fear, grief, traumatic loss, and other reactions to the end of life. Ra’s al Ghul and his daughter, for instance, are fixated on extending his life rather than reflecting on Ra’s accomplishments, his contributions to the world, and even the joy they both have experienced while he was on the earth. We explore what this “compassionate care” might look like for someone who has sought immortality.
Death Clock – http://deathclock.com/
Nadine Burke Harris’ TED Talk – https://www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime?language=en#t-452331
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