Caine Mutiny Psychoanalysis

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The Caine Mutiny

While watching this film, there are many things in Captain Queeg's behavior that stick out as abnormal or even strange. After a period of time, even the Captain's crew begins to suspect that he may be struggling with a mental problem. They use a mental disorder book to try and figure out on their own what problem he might have. The crew comes to the decision that Queeg has Paranoid Personality Disorder. The DSM IV criteria for this diagnosis to adhere to four of the seven symptoms. There are a few that could correlate with Captain Queeg's behavior and give some evidence that he could in fact have PPD.

(1) suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her. This could be related to the incident that occurred with the strawberries going missing. Queeg had this set idea in his mind of what happened, and whenever one of the other members of the crew tried to tell him that he saw the mess boys eating the strawberries, Queeg said that he was lying to him. He was suspicious of almost every action by the crew, thinking that they were all out to get him or trying to deceive him. (2) is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates. Queeg said multiple times that no one on his crew was loyal to him. In court he said that all of his crew members were disloyal to him, even though he had written in the reports that one of the crew was very loyal and hardworking. (3) is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her. Captain Queeg had also said many times that being a Captain is a "lonely life" or command is a "lonely job". This could be different for Queeg if he had people to talk to or to confide in. (4) perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack. This could be shown through the way...
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