Psychobiography Elvis Presley

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Psychobiography on Elvis Presley
Teresa Campos
Florida Institute of Technology


Elvis Presley is well known for his singing career. He was very successful and starred in many films and even made history with all his appearances on television. He sold over billions of records and won many Grammys and was known as the king of rock. Elvis Presley was a very generous and kind hearted man and had no problem sharing his wealth with all. However, Elvis was a different person on the inside then what he showed, his personality best reflects the theories of Carl Jung and Otto Kernberg. Psychobiography on Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was a musician, singer and actor, born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on 8th January 1935. Despite the fact that he came from humble beginnings, he matured to become one of the greatest individuals in rock and roll. His presence on television, radio and screen began to be felt in mid-1950s (Guralnick, 2000). His early death in 1977 was as a result of heart failure due to drug addiction. However, even in his absence, Presley’s name is still popular and analysts believe that he is still a great music icon. As a result of the complex developmental history, comprehensive psychobiography of Elvis is a challenging task taking into consideration that there is a shortage of reliable information. However, experts such as Peter Whitmer, who is a clinical psychologist, have analyzed and composed a book-length psychological biography of Presley. Several aspects of psychobiography on Elvis have also been analyzed. Since Elvis became a famous personality, his name has been subjected to psychological speculation by several scholars. Psychiatrists and psychologists have been asked by journalists to diagnose Presley together with his fans. The questions became more insistent after the death of Presley (Rosenberg, 2011). However, theories we have learned in class can be used to describe Elvis in a psychological perspective, and he still remains a cultural and musical figure that continues to be published up to this moment. Factual bibliographies which have been published recently, such as those of Peter Guralnick, and jerry Hopkins, have not entirely ensiled the physiological developments of Elvis Presley. Examinations which have already been carried out are not only weak in theory but also in fact. However, scholars, such as Whitmer have put a great effort to analyze the Psychobiography development of Elvis Presley. Peter is more ambitious, when analyzing the psychological developments of Elvis, and he has even proposed the psychological nature of the “twinless twin” (Schultz, 2008). The twinless twins are children who were born twins, but one on them dies, or was separated from each other in their childhood. Whitner has analyzed the twinless twin from a distinctive psychological perspective. When analyzing the different personalities of Elvis, it is important to make a reference to some of the great materials he produced as a music icon. To start with, the twinless twin is in a dilemma because he wants to prove himself as a unique individual leading his own life. However, he is powerfully connected to his dead twin and he feels a great urge to reunite with him (McAdams, 2001). For instance, if he wants to win back his mothers love, he must shop show some emotions and grief for the death of his twin. However, he also has to establish his self-love as well as his own security, despite the fact that he is competing with an individual whom he is expected to mourn. First, it is critical to understand that Elvis was in fact the twinless twin because his own brother, Jesse, was still born. In other unpublished research documents, scholars have provided an example of twinless twins, but in Whitner’s book, Presley is the primary subject, if not the only example. When advancing a specific theoretical position, scholars, use psychobiography to illustrate new ideologies. It...
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