Psychological Disorder Research: Fight Club
The movie, Fight Club, published in 1999, portrays two topics of psychology: Insomnia and Dissociative Identity Disorder. The unnamed narrator has not been able to sleep for six months straight, and he looks for treatment. He refuses to take medication prescribed by his doctor, so his doctor suggests for him to attend a testicular cancer group meeting. The doctor suggests this, because the narrator complains about the misery he has to deal with, but there are others who suffer more than he does. The narrator attends the support group, copes with the sufferings that the men with testicular cancer have, and is somehow able to rest easily that night. The narrator himself is perturbed with how he is able to sleep after attending the meeting, so he starts to attend support groups regarding some sort of disease or disorder, such as tuberculosis, paralytics, etc. He figures out how he is able to fall asleep on the nights. The misery of others causes him to cry, which leads to him being able to sleep. Therefore he attends the meetings every day, becoming addicted to attending meetings even those he is pretending to be a victim of those meetings. In conclusion, there are ways to treat insomnia other than medication, but those solutions are possibly specific to certain people, such as the narrator.
The Dissociative Identity Disorder comes along when he notices that a woman named Marla attends the same support groups he is attending. Marla is also pretending to be a victim. After this, the narrator continues to not be able to fall asleep and becomes confused and enraged, because he cannot imagine a way to change his life. From the confusion and enragement, he mentally creates a man named Tyler Durden. The narrator does not know that Tyler is his other personality. From the narrator’s perspective, Tyler is just another man, who happens to be the complete opposite of him. The two men start to become really close...
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