Diagnosis of Fatal Attraction
For this assignment, I watched “Fatal Attraction.”
2. Describe the demographics of the character of “patient” that you are evaluating.
Alex Forrest was the patient in this movie. She is a white female in her 40’s. She is single and works as an editor for a publishing company, however she is not shown working after the beginning of the movie.
3. Summarize the plot of the movie.
As the movie begins, Dan and his wife, Beth, go to a company party when he meets Alex Forrest for the first time. The next morning Beth and daughter, Ellen, leave for the weekend to look at a house they are considering moving into while Dan stays at home for a business meeting. When he arrives at the …show more content…
During one fight scene in her apartment, when Dan asked her to stop contacting him and he asked why she wouldn’t, she told him it was because she didn’t want to be ignored. Alex would continuously call Dan and became mad when he wouldn’t take her calls and changed his number.
Criterion 4: Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating); note: do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in criterion 5.
Alex had impulsive sex during the movie with Dan after meeting him for the second time. This was dangerous because she did not know if he was clean of all STD’s and it they did not use any forms of protection, which could and did lead to pregnancy. Alex also had a tendency to hold large kitchen knives while around others when she was angry. This could have been dangerous because she could have accidentally hurt herself worse than intended or someone else could have taken the knife from her and hurt her with it.
Criterion 5: Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
After Dan tried to leave Alex’s apartment one night, she cut both of her wrists. Her arms and hands were covered in blood. Later when Alex visited Dan at work, she apologized for her behavior and said she didn’t know what she would have done if he wasn’t there,