I am going to begin a thread in which I use my degree in psychology to help me psychoanalyze varying characters in the media whom I find interesting enough to understand their mental well-being, state, and thought processes.
I'd like to use this introduction blog not only to give a debriefing on the topic of my new series, but to also explain the criteria of my analyses. Firstly, in order for individuals to be properly diagnosed in terms of having a single or co-morbid personality disorder/s, there must be a consistent pattern of internal experience and excessive behaviors that branches away from what is culturally and/or socially acceptable-- these patterns should arise in youth to early adulthood, and lead to impairment and distress in daily life.
I am knowledgeable of, and will use the three Clusters (A, B, & C) of personality disorders for my diagnoses. Cluster A includes paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal disorders. Cluster B contains antisocial, borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic disorders. Cluster C holds avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. As I do my character analyses on an individual basis, I will describe the specific criteria of the personality disorders I believe the characters possess, as opposed to describing the disorders in-depth here.
I will also reference varying historical psychologists for references of their theories in my diagnoses, being individuals such as the infamous Sigmund Freud, Ivan Pavlov, BF Skinner, Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, Albert Bandura, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Lev S. Vygotsky, and John B. Watson.
In closing, I intend to fully back my analyses exclusively with psychological research and evidence/ textbook based claims rather than use any type of stereotypical judgements from social beliefs of psychological disorders and opinions. I look forward to writing these blog posts, and hopefully some people find them interesting!! :)