Abnormal Psychology - Film Review - Mental Disorders in Fight Club

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Section A When we first meet Jack we learn that that he is a 30year old single white male complaining of insomnia for over 6 months. His job is a liability consultant for an automotive company that requires him to take frequent trips to different time zones which often leave him jet lagged. He goes to the doctor to get a prescription to help him sleep, but the doctor prescribes support groups for cancer patients, so that Jack could see what real suffering was. During one of his business trips he meets Tyler Durden, a nihilist soap salesman who is disgruntled with common culture. Eventually in the movie Tyler takes the fight club and turns it into Project Mayhem, which organizes increasingly serious anti-capitalism vandalism ventures. …show more content…
Jack/Tyler’s struggle is one to make his own decisions, but since the particular brand of Dissociative Identity Disorder from which I believe he is suffering from, explicitly contains an element of dominant/submissive character type to it; and it is very clear that Jack isn’t making his own decisions even when he is Jack. Tyler’s key characteristic is that he attempts not only to create his own environment but forces others to accept it.
Section B My official diagnosis of Jack/Tyler is Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as DID. DID is formally known as Multiple Personality Disorder, where the patients have the presence of two or more distinct identities/personality states that recurrently take control of the person’s behavior. Jack had no idea he was Tyler, and there is very little evidence until the end that Tyler knows he is Jack. Usually it is said that personalities are vastly different, and after watching the movie it is clear that Tyler and Jack are completely opposite to one another. Dissociative Identity Disorder patients can’t integrate these various aspects of their identity, memory, consciousness without professional help. Each personality, or alter ego, has its own history, name and image. According to research it is said that the primary identity, which in the case of this movie is Jack is passive, dependent, guilty and depressed. Jack discloses to the doctor that he sometimes would wake up
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