Character Analysis Of Squidward Tentacles

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(a) General Description of the Person
Squidward Tentacles is one of the main characters of the children television cartoons, SpongeBob SquarePants. He is a turquoise-colored, six-legged octopus living in a Moai in Bikini Bottom, the town the show is featuring. As a neighbor of the main character SpongeBob SquarePants and his friend Patrick, Squidward is featured in many of the episodes of the show. It is often seen that Squidward is the grumpy and hot-tempered one in the show, often keeping to himself by staying in his home as well as shutting down his neighbours who constantly play near his home. Despite both SpongeBob and Patrick claiming that Squidward is one of their good friends, the feeling is not mutual.
His current attitude is not something that developed in adulthood. Being an outcast in school when he was younger, Squidward used to always sit near the garbage cans at lunch, for he was not known as a friend by many people, as revealed in the episode "Boating Buddies"(Springer & Pursel, 2008). This was mainly because he had a big nose that looked odd as compared to his other peers. As such, his past of being outcasted by others could have led him to develop a defense mechanism due to his inferiority complex that manifested into a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) to gain back some of his self-worth.
(b) Diagnostic Impression
The DSM-5 states that NPD is "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy,
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