The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of pop culture, including Batman: The Animated Series, Steven Universe, the MCU, Star Wars, and Doom Patrol. 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 and more!
The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 189 – Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith
The Chancellor uses psychological tactics similar to cult leaders to win Anakin’s trust, including love-bombing, favoritism, ego-stroking, and isolation. Anakin is vulnerable to manipulation for several reasons–he’s feeling frustrated, unseen, and insignificant. He even says, “I know I shouldn’t, but I want more.” Moreover, the Jedi consistently shut him out, reject him, and question his abilities (creating another risk factor–a failure of surveillance). But most of all, Anakin is a target for cult indoctrination because of his fragile identity formation. He hasn’t yet developed a strong sense of self, values, and attachments. These personal and social factors create the perfect “recipe” for creating a destructive young man willing to do whatever it takes to receive unlimited love.