The Graduate Review


The character Arthur Fleck, from the movie Joker, exhibits symptoms that meet the criteria for pseudobulbar affect and psychopathic personality disorder. Both disorders can be treated using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). The article will discuss both forms of therapy in terms of possible treatment for Arthur, and specific techniques that can be used to improve his overall wellness.

Note on the Author

Gwenyth Duclos is pursuing her Master of Education in Counseling. Her research was completed in fall 2022 under the mentorship of Dr. Kate Bender. She plans to start her practicum at a mental health agency in the summer of 2023 and hopes to work with adults and adolescents.