Personality Analysis of Kurt Cobain

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P ERSONALITY
P SYCHOLOGY PROJECT
By
Syed Khalid Mohammad (EE09B032)
Sathu Sharath (ME09B028)
Bindu Madhava Rao Pydi (EE09B008)
Siddartha Kamepalli (EE09B031)
Kothapothula Sai Dinesh (ME09B015)

K URT COBAIN
Kurt Cobain - February 20,
1967 – April 5, 1994.
American musician, painter,
and best known as lead singer,
guitarist and lyricist of band

Nirvana.

C HILD HOOD
 Had perfectly happy childhood till 7 years.
 Divorce of his parents at the age of 7.
 Remarriage of both his parents.
 Initial liking and later resenting his stepmother.
 Witness of domestic violence at his mother.

“I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.”

C HILD HOOD
 Kurt Cobain – a bully, insolent towards adults.

 Shifting of stays between his father, friends and family.  Asked to leave home by his mother.

“A friend is nothing but a known enemy.”

M USIC
 Misinterpretation by journalists and fans.

 Lyrics unimportant – Music most important.
 Termed his lyrics as “A big pile of contradictions“. “My lyrics are a big pile of contradictions. They're split between very sincere opinions and feelings that I have, and sarcastic opinions and feelings that I have, and sarcastic and hopeful, humorous rebuttals towards cliché, bohemian ideals that have been exhausted for years. I mean, I like to be passionate and sincere, but I also like to have fun and act like a dork .”

F AMILY
 Wife – Courtney Love.

 Both were drug addicts.
 Unfit parents.
 Only daughter was sent to Love’s sister.
 Later returned to their custody on certain conditions.

H EALTH
 Chronic bronchitis.

 Chronic stomach ache – undiagnosed.
 Family had a history of suicide, mental illnesses and
alcoholism.
 Attention deficit hyper activity disorder ( ADHD )
as a child.

H EALTH..
Bipolar disorder as an adult.

Experimented with drugs at the age of 13,
marijuana.

Prone to alcoholism and solvent abuse.
Claimed that Heroin reduced stomach pain.

D EATH
 Overdose of champagne and rohypnol – hospitalized.

 Nobody could see any indication that Cobain was suicidal.  Second time – Love called police claiming that Cobain has locked himself in a room with a gun.

 Excessive drug usage intervened by his friends – agreed to attend a detox program.

D EATH..
 Escaped from detox program.

 Finally shot himself, leaving behind a suicide note to his imaginary childhood friend ‘Bodoh’.
 In the note, he stated that there was not excitement left in his

life.
 Traces of Valium and a high concentration of Heroin were found in his body.

PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH
INFLUENCE OF CHILDHOOD:
 Did not receive much attention as a child due to his parents divorce and his constant shuffle between family members and friends – led to ADHD.
 The lack of attention received by him, his feeling of being

misinterpreted by his fans, and the constant fluctuation of the love received from his parents led him to develop an unstable personality. Thus resulting in bipolar disorder.

PSYCHODYNAMIC APPROACH..
 He was a bully as a child, using it as an outlet for the anger he

felt towards his parents in the situation he presented him with.  His parents divorced and consequent remarriage and the abuse of his mother by his stepfather caused him to hate adults in general. This was let out in his rebellious nature.

 Fluctuation between Christianity and atheism could have been caused due to the lack of parental guidance in his childhood.

P ERSONALITY
Unstable ‘Super Ego’ – no morals or values

instilled by his parents.
Insolence, bullying and bad behavior as a

child – he conscience not adequately
developed.

D EFENSE MECHANISMS
DISPLACEMENT:
 To deal with anger within him and feeling of helplessness at home.  Resorted to bullying and insolent behavior.

SUBLIMATION:
 Use of music to express his helplessness.
- used the term ‘shame’ which refers to he was...
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