Mommie Dearest: A Psychological Analysis

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People’s actions as well as behaviors are all developed as they grow up. As they grow up children begin to develop the same behaviors or actions from their parents. Some adults and children develop psychological disorders. These are mainly caused by Biological influences: evolution, individual genes, brain structure and chemistry; Psychological influences: stress, trauma, learned helplessness, mood-related perceptions and memories; and Social Cultural influences: roles, and expectations (pg.508). As in Mommie Dearest, Joan (Faye Dunaway) has multiple disorders that later on are developed by her daughter Christina (Mara Hobel). These disorders not only shaped Joan’s (Faye Dunaway) life, but also her daughter Christina’s (Mara Hobel, Diana Scarwid)…show more content…
Joan showed symptoms of a disorder called Dependent Personality disorder. The dependent disorder is being overly attached to someone by being unable to make own self-decisions, needing extensive advice, also being left to take care of themselves (book, in email). When Joan broke up with her boyfriend, Greg Savitt (Steve Forrest), she did not want him to leave her. After they broke up, she found another boyfriend quickly. Also when her acting career was on the line, she would not give it up because she needed her fans. While she was at her party all she wanted was people to be by her and give her all the attention. Christina is dependent on her mother after everything her mother has put her…show more content…
While cleaning the floor, Carol Ann (Rutanya Alda) needed to see if Joan approved of what they accomplished. In the corner there was a plant, Joan moved the plant and there was a bug brown spot. For Joan that was not acceptable, they had to scrub the floor the get it out. When Greg came over, Joan was very strict about him taking his shoes off after her floor was cleaned. Christina developed this disorder at a young age as well. She got a grass stain on her dress and wanted it out
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