Character Analysis Of Hide And Seek

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The film Hide and Seek (Josephson & Polson, 2005) encases a series of unfortunate events for the father, David, and his daughter, Emily. After David’s wife passes away, Emily is traumatized by her loss. David decides she needs a change of scenery, and moves them to a different city. Upon their move, David notices that Emily’s behaviors are strange and dangerous, blaming this on her new friend that she calls “Charlie”. As Charlie continues to make Emily do horrible acts such as kill their cat, David worries for Emily and calls her doctor to see if she needs to be evaluated. At the end of the movie, David realizes that Charlie was not imaginary and is actually his other personality. “Charlie” is a dangerous personality that killed David’s wife, …show more content…
He has a younger daughter, and appears to be completely normal from the image the movie puts on. It is not until the end of the movie that we realize David is showing abnormal symptoms. Within these symptoms, I believe he would be diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). According to Barlow and Durand (2015), Dissociative Identity Disorder occurs when someone has two or more personalities/identities that affect behavior, cognition, memory, and much more. In Hide and Seek (Josephson & Polson, 2005), David displays two identities, with one of them being the host. The host appears to be Charlie, because he is aware of the other personality. Charlie is fun, loves to play games (including hide and seek), has a hatred for David, and is very dangerous. He has a different voice, accent, and posture than David. David does not know about Charlie being himself until he realizes through his own thoughts and actions. For example, David thought he had been writing in a journal and unpacking for the last several weeks. In reality, he was never doing those activities and that is when he would switch to Charlie. There only appears to be two personalities in this movie, but the average for Dissociative Identity Disorder is 15 (p. 200). David fits the criteria for DID in the multiple personality …show more content…
The media tends to joke about mental illness, or make it seem as if it is not serious. Hide and Seek (Josephson & Polson, 2005) does an excellent job of showing that mental illness is real, dangerous in some cases, and not to be made fun of. When David realizes that he has DID, he knows it is serious and that he needs help. At the end of the movie, David appears for a final few moments and tells Emily’s doctor that he knows he is not well: meaning that he intends to get psychological help. Unfortunately, Charlie appears after he says this, and tries to kill Emily’s doctor. Although the movie shows that mental illness is serious, it also shows that we should be fearful of someone with multiple personalities. I work with a client that is diagnosed with DID, and I am not afraid of her at all. In this case, it does have a negative stereotype about being fearful towards people with DID. David is treated with fear by other people in the movie, including his daughter. Emily never tells David of his other personality, because Charlie tells her not to. In order to prevent Charlie getting upset, Emily keeps her knowledge of the mental illness to herself. Emily’s doctor is fearful as well, but wants to help him get treatment if possible. The others are not aware of David having DID, so it is unknown how they would

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