The Psychology Behind the Film Primal Fear by: Gary a Baldwin Jr.

Topics: Dissociative identity disorder, Personality psychology, Dissociation Pages: 4 (1681 words) Published: June 19, 2011
Prepare yourself for a journey. Travel with me, as we explore the mind of a character named Roy played by Edward Norton in the film directed by Gregory Hoblit in 1996 Titled “Primal Fear”. In this film Roy suffers from a psychological disorder. As we travel on this journey deep into the mind of this character, we will begin to unlock the secrets that lay within. Discovering what psychological disorder Roy suffers from, how he thinks and his thought process from a bio-psychological perspective, and treatments for this disorder using cognitive behavior therapy. “Primal Fear” is the story of a young man who is accused of the murder of an archbishop. With all the evidence pointing towards him as the target suspect, an ambitious and vagarious lawyer comes to his aid with the hopes of proving his innocence’s. In the process, he discovers an unexpected secret that leaves the audience blown away. It’s a non-stop thriller with a suspenseful twist. To understand the character Roy we must first look at his behavioral patterns and characteristics associated with them in the film. By doing so we can determine which psychological disorder he suffers from. Initially, the character Roy was introduced in the film as a timid and shy altar boy, with a terrible stutter who went by the name of Aaron Stampler. We later discovered Aaron does not have any recollection of any previous events that conspired the day of the murdered. When Richard Gere’s character Martin Vail, antagonize Aaron trying to make him recall the horrific events that took place the day of the murder, we begin to notice a transformation. Aaron transformed from a timid and shy altar boy with a stutter to an enraged, violent, and over aggressive stronger more superior version of himself who went by the name of Roy. The first glimpse of this behavior was when Aaron was being interrogated by a physiatrist. Sudden Roy emerged and Aaron vanished, we begin to realize that this is more than a simple murder case. In fact,...
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