How Willy Wonka Portrays Schizotypal Personality Disorder Essay

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Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a well-known book about an eccentric candy maker living in his own mystical world that has been made into two popular movies. Wonka is a character that is two things at once; unflappable and socially anxious, overly friendly but also untrustworthy and isolated, altruistic and sadistic, hopeful and cynical, grandiose and fragile (Pincus, 2006). While Willy Wonka may be a fictional character, he does display the very real disorder Schizotypal Personality Disorder or SPD. Schizotypal Personality Disorder is a personality disorder that affects approximately 3.9% of the American population and is similar to Schizophrenia but without delusions or hallucinations
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Cluster A are odd or eccentric disorders, Cluster B are dramatic, emotional, or erratic disorders, and Cluster C are anxious or fearful disorders (American Psychological Association, 1996).
Schizotypal Personality Disorder falls under Cluster A based on the eccentric behaviors and mannerisms individual’s display and tends to develop during adolescence. The DSM IV defines a person with Schizotypal Personality Disorder as having social and interpersonal deficits characterized by a lack of close relationships, magical thinking, behavior that does not follow social norms, suspicion and paranoia, an odd, peculiar, or eccentric behavior, and social anxiety (American Psychological Association [APA], 2000). In short, a person who has Schizotypal Personality Disorder displays extreme isolation, odd behaviors, peculiar ways of dressing, has relationship issues, has issues properly communication, and also suffers from depression and anxiety. Due to the social anxiety individuals with SPD have, Schizotypal Personality Disorder is considered one of the most debilitating of personality disorders and leads to a lower quality of life compared to other personality disorders (Chemerinski, et al., 2013). Individuals with SPD have few, if any, relationships outside of their families, find it hard to hold a job position, have depression and anxiety, and

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