Emily Grierson: Dependent Personality Disorder

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In the short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the main character, Emily Grierson, obviously suffers from an undiagnosed, serious mental health issue. According to several psychologists, Grierson is suffering from Dependent Personality Disorder, also known as DPD. DPD is a personality dysfunction that affects a person’s ability to make decisions independently. It is also identified in people who have an unhealthy fear of abandonment and mistrust. Emily Grierson most likely suffers from this disorder based off of her unhealthy attachment to her father and his untimely death, her extreme lengths to make sure Homer Barron stays with her, and the pervasive need for validity and reassurance in her life. One of the main reasons of why

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