‘You’: Mental Health Experts Say Penn Badgley’s Joe Is Not a Psychopath

by Jeremy Spirogis
Penn Badgley in front of repeating background for Netflix

Penn Badgley, the actor who performs Joe Goldberg on You is placing a brand new spin on the time period “bad boy.” For some motive, many ladies are drawn to harmful, enticing males, and Joe actually suits this function, however his conduct in You goes too far. Some are even referring to him as a psychopath. While this will appear to be a becoming strategy to describe Joe, it’s not a technically correct prognosis. Here’s why. 

Who is Joe Goldberg from ‘You’?

Penn Badgley in front of repeating background for Netflix's "You"
Penn Badgley at “You” New York sequence premiere | Jenny Anderson/Getty Images

One of the most well-liked exhibits on Netflix, You tells the story of Joe Goldberg, a bookstore supervisor who has a behavior of changing into obsessive about girls. He stalks them, and producers conditions to win them over. Once in a relationship, he turns into their “protector,” taking revenge on anybody who he feels has wronged the lady, even when that revenge consists of homicide. 

In season one, Joe convinces himself that Guinevere Beck is the love of his life. Although, it’s hinted that he’s felt this manner earlier than about one other girl, Candace, from his previous, which resulted in catastrophe.

Joe learns all the things he can about Beck by following her and stalking her social media accounts. He builds a imaginative and prescient of her as an individual and what their future will seem like collectively earlier than establishing fastidiously deliberate circumstances to carry them collectively. 

Unknown to Beck, her new boyfriend continues to manage her life via manipulation of her pals. Peach, Beck’s finest friend, sees via Joe’s charming exterior and tries to heat Beck, however finally ends up lifeless. Another sufferer of Joe’s obsession is Benji, Beck’s ex, who additionally winds up lifeless. 

In season two, Joe strikes on to a different girl after a disastrous ending with Beck. This time, he falls for Love Quinn, a lady with simply as many issues round obsession as Joe himself. 

Fans consider Joe Goldberg is a Psychopath

After watching the present, many have claimed that Joe is a psychopath, even supposing no prognosis is given within the script. 

“Love is a crazy b***h it’s true but joe is just a plain old psychopath,” one fan tweeted

Even media articles have been utilizing the phrase psychopath in headlines to consult with Joe, reminding girls to look previous his fairly face and see the psychopath inside. Elle included a survey with their post, asking readers what they considered Joe.

The decisions have been between, “Kidnap me, Joe” and “He’s a psychopath, Period.” Luckily, on the time of this writing, 100 p.c of readers had chosen the psychopath possibility, even whether it is technically inaccurate. 

Mental well being consultants say Joe Goldberg is just not a psychopath

He isn’t mentally wholesome, however in response to consultants, Joe isn’t truly a psychopath. In actuality, Joe truly exhibits traits of a number of problems.

Pamela Rutledge, a social scientist, advised Insider that Joe “seems to be an amalgam of personality traits at abnormal levels that are constructed to make a good story and create a character that elicits a certain amount of empathy.”

We must do not forget that You is a TV present, and it’s characters aren’t actual.  According to Rutledge, Joe appears to exhibit signs of an individual with each an delinquent persona dysfunction and narcissistic persona dysfunction, however only a few folks with psychological problems act like him in actual life.

Another skilled advised the identical information outlet that the backstory we see in season two reveals Joe can also have an attachment dysfunction associated to his childhood trauma. After all, he was locked in a field by the person who was speculated to be his mentor. 

Regardless of the particular wording or prognosis that viewers give Joe, it does appear to look that the majority perceive that his conduct isn’t candy or cute in any approach.  While it’s enjoyable to look at these sorts of tales on TV, it’s by no means okay to behave this manner in actual life. No one ought to put up with this conduct from a associate, even when they’re as enticing as Badgley. 

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