The Psychology Behind the Film Primal Fear by: Gary a Baldwin Jr.

1687 words 7 pages
Prepare yourself for a journey. Travel with me, as we explore the mind of a character named Roy played by Edward Norton in the film directed by Gregory Hoblit in 1996 Titled “Primal Fear”. In this film Roy suffers from a psychological disorder. As we travel on this journey deep into the mind of this character, we will begin to unlock the secrets that lay within. Discovering what psychological disorder Roy suffers from, how he thinks and his thought process from a bio-psychological perspective, and treatments for this disorder using cognitive behavior therapy. “Primal Fear” is the story of a young man who is accused of the murder of an archbishop. With all the evidence pointing towards him as the target suspect, an ambitious and vagarious …show more content…

The character Roy suffers from a severe form of dissociative identity disorder although, almost all of us have experienced mild dissociation, which is like daydreaming or getting lost in the moment. However, dissociative identity disorder is a severe form of dissociation, a mental process, which produces a lack of connection in a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. Dissociative identity disorder is thought to stem from trauma experienced by the person with the disorder. The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism. The person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that's too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self.
Using cognitive behavioral therapy, treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder typically includes the following components. A strong therapeutic relationship, a safe therapeutic environment, appropriate boundaries, development of no self or other harm contracts, an understanding of the personality structures, working through traumatic and dissociated material, the development of more mature psychological defenses, and the integration of states of self. Now that we know and understand what psychological disorder Roy suffers from, and how to treat