Dwight Schrute Character Analysis

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“False” Dwight Schrute, who is he? Dwight (played by Rainn Wilson), is a sale representative at a paper distribution company, Dunder Mifflin on NBC’s The Office. Trying to explain someone like Dwight is complicated, because you must start at the beginning to really understand what kind of person you are dealing with. There are no words that accurately describe and grasp the true complexity of his thoughts and actions, making Dwight one of those instances where actions speak louder than words. For example, Dwight supposedly remembers his own birth. As an infant, he remembers his Amish father delivering him while his mother used her teeth to chew off the umbilical cord. That wasn't the last we heard of his bizarre childhood. In one…show more content…
These do not stand for physical areas of the brain, but more of the mental functions. ID translates to instincts, Ego is reality and Superego is morality. These three central functioning's make up “… the personality—instinctual needs, rational thinking, and moral standards.” (Ronald J. Comer). Dwight Schrute has a very poor ego, which in turn off-sets his ID and Ego. According to Sigmund Freud, these principles are what operate the unconscious mind. Watching any episode you can clearly see that Dwight uses many defense mechanisms. The ego is used to distort reality and make it so a person does not experience too much anxiety or stress. You see Dwight experience this when Andy, played by Ed Helms, goes to Dwight to ask for advice in asking Angela out. Since Dwight and Angela never made their relationship known to anyone else, Andy had no idea of their recent break-up. Dwight showed enthusiasm when told by Andy of how good things turned out with Angela, but in reality Dwight is very upset about losing her. The reaction formation conceals his instincts, and focuses the attention on the opposite of what Dwight really…show more content…
There are many types of therapy one could undergo for this disorder, but in Dwight’s case, I believe the best option would be Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). CBT will help Dwight regulate his emotions, developing his impulse control, and improve his behavior. Many that deal with this form of autism tend to struggle with depression and anxiety. This therapy can help him deal with those struggles by changing his perception or thoughts throughout change in cognition. A therapist can help reduce Dwight’s obsessive behavior and outbursts, while helping him learn to manage his feelings. In addition to CBT, I believe medication could also help him deal with the anxiety he suffers
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