Joker is a Rorschach Test for What We Fear the Most

The film captures the zeitgeist of a fearful and overreactive America.


What if your reaction to Joker reveals your biggest fears and concerns with today’s culture?

Therapist Jonathan Hetterly describes Joker as a Rorschach test for what we fear the most. With nearly endless commentary on the film’s portrayal of toxic masculinity, mental health portrayals, and socioeconomic factors, it seems like everyone has an opinion on Joker.

In today’s Psych Cinema, therapist Jonathan Hetterly breaks down what Joaquin Phoenix’s latest mirrors about our culture’s overreactive nature. Tune in to hear Jonathan’s analysis of negativity bias, availability bias, and illusory correlation.

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