Abnormal Psychology - Film Review - Mental Disorders in Fight Club

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Section A When we first meet Jack we learn that that he is a 30year old single white male complaining of insomnia for over 6 months. His job is a liability consultant for an automotive company that requires him to take frequent trips to different time zones which often leave him jet lagged. He goes to the doctor to get a prescription to help him sleep, but the doctor prescribes support groups for cancer patients, so that Jack could see what real suffering was. During one of his business trips he meets Tyler Durden, a nihilist soap salesman who is disgruntled with common culture. Eventually in the movie Tyler takes the fight club and turns it into Project Mayhem, which organizes increasingly serious anti-capitalism vandalism ventures. …show more content…
In the case of Jack is the lost time. Lastly, it is common for individuals suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder to self-mutilate, be aggressive or suicidal. Just by watching the movie, it is clear to see that Jack is all of these. He fights and beats himself. He pulls the trigger of the gun “Tyler” is holding in his mouth, knowing that he is really holding a gun in his own mouth. However, this proves to be something of a ritual for Jack, in that once he pulls the trigger, he shoots himself in the check, which doesn’t kill him, but we as the viewer sees Tyler fall down with an exit wound in the back of his head.
According to the DSM IV-TR the criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder includes the following:
A. The presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states (each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self).
B. At least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person's behavior.
C. Inability to recall important personal information that is too extensive to be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
D. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during Alcohol Intoxication) or a general medical condition (e.g., complex partial seizures). Note: In children, the symptoms are not attributable to

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