Joker: the importance of mental disorders

Joker: the importance of mental disorders

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"Joker", the last film of Todd Phillips, starring Joaquin Phenix, is reaping very positive reviews from the specialized press and from the general public. This article aims to raise and discuss certain aspects of the film around mental disorders. Is it necessary to have seen the movie to read this article? Not really, but advisable. Throughout the article we will talk about some points of the film, even so, these are moments or events that do not reveal the end of the film.

When the movie has been watched, the empathy felt towards a character who turns out to be a serial killer is striking. However, the fall of its protagonist, Arthur Fleck, is addressed so much that we find ourselves in tune with his actions. That is why it can bother us. Should we feel empathy for a criminal off the screens? The film manages to make us see that those people who suffer from mental disorders can be aggravated if society, instead of helping and accepting them, marginalizes them.


  • 1 Arthur Fleck, a marginalized man
  • 2 Joker and the mental disorder
  • 3 Joker, the consequence

Arthur Fleck, a marginalized man

Arthur Fleck, the real name of the Joker character, is a marginalized and tormented man. A man whom society hits physically and emotionally. At this point already we can begin to investigate the consequences that social marginalization can have. Among them: anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, feelings of anger, frustration, revenge, resentment ... Fleck, whose purpose in life is to make others laugh, realizes that others are not in the job of accepting him, on the contrary, They see him as a strange being.

In general, when someone performs according to what negative behavior, we usually call it "crazy." But we see it as an exception. However, it is interesting to start changing the point of view and analyze if that person who has committed a condemnable act is a "victim" of adverse circumstances. This does not justify or detract from the act, but attempts to explain criminal behavior. From psychology, explaining this type of behavior is important to prevent them.

Arthur Fleck, becomes the Joker, among other things, by the tiredness of a society that does not accept the different, who does not accept someone with very marked peculiarities. A zero acceptance shown through teasing and aggression. The Joker's glass was on the edge of the spill and spilled. Does all of this justify becoming a reference for crime? Absolutely. Does it explain all this that can become this reference? Yes. So, With this kind of knowledge, you can promote and encourage acceptance, compassion and love between us.

Joker and the mental disorder

Marginalization and harassment are not the only problems of Arthur Fleck. Also has a mental disorder. It is important to point out since this aggravates the behavior of others with our protagonist. Fleck's behavior is strange. His look, his way of speaking, his gestures ... Although his goal is to make people laugh, it does not convey joy or tranquility, but quite the opposite. And this strangeness transmits it to others, both known and unknown.

"The worst part of having a mental illness is that people expect you to behave as if you didn't have it."

-Arthur Fleck, the joker (Movie)-

The character is disconcerting and uncomfortable, so the connection with those around him is difficult. His mental disorder (and all his complicated past) makes the character a proper interaction with his environment. As Arthur Fleck writes in his diary: "The worst part of having a mental illness is that people expect you to behave as if you didn't have it."With this statement, it is perfectly reflected that although we try to normalize mental disorders, there are people who are bothered. Someone suffering from a disorder should not only deal with himself, but with those who treat him as someone "weird."

A reflection of the mental disorder suffered by our protagonist is his uncontrollable and uncomfortable laughter in situations of tension. Every time he laughs, he causes teasing, complaints and the frivolous and hostile looks of those around him. In this way, the misunderstanding of this disorder becomes a problem: when Arthur Fleck laughs uncontrollably, the world points to him. The lack of understanding of mental disorders and their behavioral expressions accentuates the lack of socialization They have many affected by these disorders.

Joker, the consequence

In addition to all of the above, the Joker, is the result of a poor education, of an unstructured family and a disastrous childhood. What can we expect from someone who has lived in such conditions? We seek peace, concord and rationality in someone who has never been in contact with sanity. That is why it is so necessary to reflect on the correct treatment of others and on the education that society has about mental disorders.

If we allow ourselves to be conditioned by the diagnosis, we will only see a disorder, but not the person. Nevertheless, when we start to see the person behind each labelWe will begin to understand that not everyone is equal and that the treatment of each one depends on their circumstances. The movie JokerIt helps us to reflect on this point through the empathy we can feel towards the character. We understand your situation, your circumstances, we see you as a victim in almost every aspect. We observe him as someone lost in the middle of the night and that nobody turns on a light. So that, Instead of judging others so much, why don't we turn on more lights?