Mommie Dearest Psychological Analysis

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Exploring Psychology by David G Myers (2014) says that a psychological disorder is a syndrome marked by a “clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior” (American Psychiatric Association 2013)(p. 506). In the movie Mommie Dearest directed by Frank Perry we see Joan Crawford played by Faye Dunaway. The character Joan portrays many different psychological disorders, which affects how we see her role in the movie. Multiple disorders were evident throughout the film, but three major disorders that were noticeable were obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar, and borderline. Mommie Dearest is a story about Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) who is a great Hollywood actress. Overall It displays …show more content…

In earlier times, people often thought that strange behaviors were evidence that strange forces – the movement of the stars, god-like powers, or evil spirits – were at work (p. 506). Throughout the movie Mommie Dearest Joan Crawford is depicted to have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Incidentally Joan identifies this disorder within the opening scene of the movie. OCD is the obsession with orderliness, perfectionism, and control as defined by Rathus (2010). This occurs when Joan is checking the cleaning work of the maids and goes psycho when she moves a pot and it leaves a stain on the floor. She yells at the maid for not doing her job completely. Although she has OCD, it is evident that Ms. Crawford has a little bit of borderline as well. Rathus defines borderline as instability in interpersonal relationships and self-image. We see this disorder within Joan during the movie when she is cutting Greg out of all her pictures. This is because she does not want people to see her with a negative influence. Finally, the disorder that displayed is bipolar, which is a mood disorder in which a person alternates between hopelessness and lethargy of depression and the overexcited state of mania (p. 520). This disorder is portrayed when Joan Crawford is really calm and becomes the opposite and is freaking out on Christina because of the wire hangers within her

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