American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in Jupiter, Florida, in the year of 1952. To the untrained eye, Dandy Mott is the physical definition of beautiful, but underneath this alluring exterior is the epitome of excess wealth, and privilege taken too far to its detrimental conclusion (DeBussey, 2016). Dandy is an intellectual man-child, incapable of finding satisfaction in anything. The world is seemingly at his fingertips, and yet he is incessantly consumed with a gnawing feeling of ennui, and a prodigious sentiment of unadorned emptiness; the only manner in which he is able to placate his monotony is through voluntary deceit, and murderous action. Psychodynamic theory, in correlation to object-relations therapy, could be employed to identify, and thoroughly inquire into, the strengths and challenges associated with Dandy.
High SES. Dandy is the only child of Gloria Mott, a wealthy heiress descended from generations of aristocratic refinement. He and his subservient mother live in obscene wealth, and work hard to uphold the hidden values affiliated with the upper class economic group. According to Sigmund Freud, instincts are pivotal to understanding human nature as generally deterministic, as he proposed that behavior is determined by irrational forces, unconscious motivations, and biological and instinctual drives, as these evolve through the key psychosexual stages in the first six years of life (Corey, 2017). The dualist approach…