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Final Copy: Spencer reid

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Susan Weng

on 12 June 2013

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Transcript of Final Copy: Spencer reid

I. Case Study
Spencer is 32 years old. He is the only child of Diana and William Reid. His mother has paranoid schizophrenia. When Diana's mind started deteriorating, his father could no longer handle
it, he left Spencer and Diana. When Spencer
was 18, his mother was placed in a mental
institution. He sends letters to her everyday
because he feels guilty for being unable to
visit her.
Spencer was a very gifted child. He graduated high school at the age of 12. Spencer has an eidetic memory. He can memorize large amounts of information at once, mostly through reading (information he gathered visually). However auditory wise, his memory isn't as great since he couldn't remember the "new tech girl's" name.
Spencer is extremely intelligent and he currently works as a Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) special agent in the FBI. He joined the BAU at age 22. Most of his time is spent at work and his team is like his family.
II. Analysis
Psycho-dynamic Perspective: Unconscious motives and conflicts.
Spencer seeks the acceptance of his peers. He is afraid of people disliking him. When Spencer was young he was bullied in class and made fun of by his intelligence. He may be working for the BAU to cover up his need to want to help others in need.
Spencer's mother had paranoid schizophrenia and when he was young, she was sent to a mental institution. He wants to avoid being diagnosed with schizophrenia because he doesn't want to lose his sense of mind( the one thing that makes his special). He is afraid that he will lose his intelligence.
Behavior Genetics: How much our genes
and environment influence our
individual differences.
How does behavior Genetics apply to Spencer?
Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ)
From the Show: Criminal Minds
By: Susan Weng

Dr.Spencer Reid
Causes of Aspergers
The exact cause of Asperger's syndrome is not known. And there is no known way to prevent it.
It tends to run in families. So researchers are doing studies to look for a genetic cause.
Axis II.
Borderline Personality Disorder: In borderline personality disorder, the person essentially lacks a sense of self, and as a result experiences feelings of emptiness and fears of abandonment
Axis III
No known medical conditions

Spencer's childhood was in many ways quite traumatic. When he was 4 years old a neighborhood boy named Riley Jenkins was raped and murdered by a pedophile. When the pedophile began to target young Spencer, Diana Reid informed Riley's father and Mr. Jenkins killed the pedophile by beating him to death.
At a young age Spencer was exposed to this horrific crime and since then he tries to repress this taunting memory.
Derek Morgan, another BAU agent is like a brother figure towards Spencer. Spencer may look to Derek in support of a missing male figure while growing up. Derek gives Spencer advice on girls and also on how to cope with the mental stress of the BAU.
III. Diagnosis
Axis 1.
Pervasive Development Disorder (Aspergers Syndrome) : Like children with autism, children with Asperger's syndrome have difficulty with social interaction and communication. They also have a narrow range of interests. However, children with Asperger's have average or above average intelligence and develop normally in the areas of language and cognition (the mental processes related to thinking and learning). Children with Asperger's often have difficulty concentrating and may have poor coordination. Asperger's is usually not recognized until children have enough language skills to show a limited focus and unusual patterns of speech.
Developed by The Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge. Spencer received a 35/50
I often notice small sounds when others do not.
I would rather go to a library than a party.
When I talk, it isn’t always easy for others to get a word in edgeways.
I frequently find that I don’t know how to keep a conversation going.
Have a very hard time relating to others. It doesn't mean that they avoid social contact. But they lack instincts and skills to help them express their thoughts and feelings and notice other's feelings.
Like fixed routines. Change is hard for them.
May have only one or a few interests, or they may focus intensely on a few things. For instance, they may show an unusual interest in snakes or star names or may draw very detailed pictures.
It is possible that Spencer has borderline personality disorder. He has had unstable relationships with his parents. He fears abandonment after his father left him. Spencer developed a very
close relationship with a girl he met
online and when he finally did meet her,
she was killed by her stalker. Spencer
was so depressed and traumatized by
this event that he stayed home for 2 weeks
and pushed away any help that his team offered.
Spencer's Phobia's
Technophobia: fear or dislike of advanced technology or complex devices, especially computers.
Spencer does not use email or ipads
Mysophobia: Fear of germs and contamination
Spencer does not like shaking hands
Axis IV
Spencer has problems with his primary support group. His mother has a mental illness and his father abandoned both him and his mother at a young age.
Data: Childhood Trauma Questionnaire
The Childhood Trauma Questionnaire is a 28-item self-report retrospective inventory intending to measure childhood or adolescent abuse and neglect. It is straightforward and easy to use. The CTQ can be administered individually or to a group. The examinees responds to 28 simple questions on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from Never True to Very Often True.
Age range: 12 and up
Scoring: 5 (no history of abuse or neglect) to 25 (very extreme history of abuse and neglect)
Spencer scored a 20. He had a very traumatic childhood, he was almost molested by a pedophile and he witnessed a crime at the age of 4.
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