Clinical Diagnosis in Fight Club

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Clinical Diagnosis of Jack in Fight Club
In the film Fight Club, Jack, the narrator, is introduced as a troubled individual who is suffering from insomnia, while seeming commonly bored with his white-collar job. This serious disorder causes him severe sleeplessness, and he describes it as never really being awake, while never really being asleep. He also explains that nothing feels real when you have insomnia. His diagnosis of the disorder is made clear in the film, but the doctor he sees will not give him a prescription. He instead turns to support groups in order to see “what pain really is.” After going to these support groups, Jack is finally able to sleep, after relieving his emotions by crying to the other members.
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He creates Tyler Durden to be what he believes he is not, but wishes he could be: strong, attractive, smart, rebellious, etc. Jack seems like he will be fine, but when his apartment explodes destroying everything he had owned, he essentially feels that his life is ruined. This seems logical, because one of the most widely known origins of dissociation is as a coping mechanism when an individual is dealing with severe stress after already having suffered from trauma earlier in their lives. It is also believed that DID can originate from traumatic events in an individual’s childhood, such as when a child is physically or emotionally abused by a trusted figure in their life. Although this disorder stems from early childhood neglect and abuse, it is usually not diagnosed until later in life when the individual is facing severe stress.
I believe Jack created Tyler in order to find his masculinity. When Jack loses everything he has, he does not know how to cope with such an excessive amount of stress. At this point, he turns to Tyler. Together, the two of them create Fight Club, a new way for men to relieve their stress and find their strength. Jack confesses to Tyler that he never really knew his father because he abandoned him when he was about six years old. Since he was raised by his mother, this becomes the movie’s best indication of why he suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Jack never had a male role…

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