The Psychology of Joaquin Phoenix


The Psychology of Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of The Joker in the upcoming film is bringing talks of Oscar buzz. The Joker’s complex characteristics have us wanting to dive deeper into a psychological look at Joaquin Phoenix, including a rocky childhood, his traumatic loss of his brother, and how these events have shaped his acting career and new life of advocacy.

On today’s episode, we’re discussing how post-traumatic growth and resilience define Joaquin Phoenix.

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Being Human

Every week our panel of Shrinks breaks down trending topics of psychology in the news that we call Being Human.

Resilience research has been growing for about four decades. Researchers in the 1970s noticed that some children in tough circumstances seemed to thrive, and they wanted to know why.

Psychologists started by studying kids, but now resilience research has branched out to understand resilience in adults, young and old, and even among whole populations.

Joel Milam, associate professor of research preventive medicine at the Keck School, has been a part of the team studying how people respond to trauma. His foundings include that while PTSD is commonly thought of as a response to trauma, post-traumatic growth and resiliency are the norm.

Our panel of Shrinks breaks down their thoughts on these findings.

You can read the study that inspired our discussion here.


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