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Topics: Personality disorder, Borderline personality disorder, Abnormal psychology Pages: 3 (1021 words) Published: March 7, 2014

An Observation of Borderline Personality Disorder

The first time I heard the phrase “mommy dearest” was when I was in Junior high school. My classmates were joking around about how their mother’s yelled and lecture them and telling stories. Jokingly, one of my classmates suddenly yelled out “mommy dearest” and they started to laugh. I vividly remember thinking at that time, what’s mommy dearest? And what does that mean, am I missing out on something that everyone already knew of. I asked them what they were referring to and they told me it comes from the movie “Mommy Dearest”. At that time I didn’t pay much attention to it and forgot about it. I didn’t know of the severity of what the movie was based on and that yes, my classmates were making fun of it, but it in actuality it is no laughing matter. When I entered high school, we were shown the movie “Mommy Dearest” in my psychology class. Thinking of an observation that narrates to the theme of abnormal psychology, this movie comes to mind. In the movie, “Mommy Dearest,” this is based on a memoir of Joan Crawford, a famous actress during the time of the 1930’s and 1940’s. It was written by her adoptive daughter Cristina Crawford. Joan Crawford was described to have had an abnormal relationship with daughter. The film shows that Joan Crawford is a hard working actress, yet she is an alcoholic and is suffering from disorders that involve being obsessed with being clean and likes to be controlling of others. She wants everyone that she is surrounded by to follow what she says. These symptoms all fall under and are related to Borderline Personality disorder.

The movie portrays, Joan Crawford as being overly controlling and abusive towards her adoptive children. She also seems to be shown as being self-centered. She may have been hard working and an ambitious actress but when it came to her children, she showed signs of being compulsive in all matters of life...
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