A Psychological Analysis of the Simpsons
ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurological disorder. It is usually present from childhood and causes symptoms such as hyperactivity, poor impulse control, forgetfulness and distractibility. Bart Simpson, the eldest of the Simpsons’ family displayed signs of ADHD. His symptoms were shown though out the episode, especially in the starting. First evidence was shown when principle Skinner is telling Bart about the firefighting equipment and Bart, distractedly, asks about each of them, one after another. He also doesn’t listen to what the principle was telling him thus displaying one of the signs of ADHD. Second evidence was when Bart floods the school gymnasium without regard for the consequences he will have to go though thus showing another sign. The third evidence is of Bart talking non-stop about anything; this is a major sign of ADHD. Lastly, the patterns shown by principle Skinner show that Bart gets distracted easily by anything around him, thus causing those around him to get lower grades. This mental illness is very common in students these days and is better if caught early as medication can help cure it.
The id is composed of instincts that give rise to aggressive impulses and biological drives that sustain life, such as hunger and third. Homer Simpsons’ actions seem to be dominated by his id. An example of his actions being influenced by his id is when he makes taffy with the drug Focusyn in it, in order to trick Bart into taking the medication. It turns out that Marge’s loving technique works better. As Homer congratulates her for her smart technique, he unknowing takes a bite of the taffy because his id told him he was hungry.
The superego is the part of the mind that acts as a conscience, telling us what we should and should not do. Marge Simpsons’ actions seem to be influenced by her superego. An example of her superego controlling her actions is when she has to...
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