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Sherlock Holmes Psychoanalysis

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bethany williamson

on 6 May 2014

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Transcript of Sherlock Holmes Psychoanalysis

Sherlock Holmes

(From the BBC version)
I Chose to analyze Sherlock because he is a very abnormal and unusual person. He also does not care about being socially acceptable and is interested in things that most people have no interest in. He is also incredibly smart, but is only knowledgeable about things he chooses to know.
Why Sherlock?
-intelligent: very knowledgeable about some things
-observant: does awesome deductions
-rude: not nice to anyone, says terrible things all the time
-insensitive: doesn't think of other's feelings, doesn't feel bad for people
-childish: acts immaturely and inappropriately, doesn't do regular "adult" things like cleaning, having a normal, steady job, generally taking care of himself
-determined: works hard to solve cases
-arrogant: thinks everyone but himself is stupid
-brave (or stupid): unafraid to meet up with and chase dangerous criminals
Obvious Problems
-seemingly does not feel sorry for people, appears to lack empathy for people's feelings
-lacks remorse
-often does completely unacceptable things
-is pretty much obsessed with crime solving, especially those that involve multiple murders
Conflict Between the Id, Ego, and Superego
Sherlock has an interesting conflict between the id, ego,and superego. His ego is very in control and he is very in touch with the reality of situations (except occasionally when other's emotions are added in), but neither his id or superego seem to dictate what he does. He is very in control of his id, even saying that he can delete information from his mind on purpose, so he has a lot of repressed material, but he still shows a strong desire to solve crimes, not be bored, and get what he wants. The superego is also very odd as he does not appear to have much of a conscience, but still does the right thing much of the time, although often in a rude and socially unacceptable way.
Defense Mechanisms
1.Repression: "deletes" information from his mind, is very very unaffected by traumatic events
2.Sublimation: often channels all energy into crime solving
3.Regression: often acts very immaturely, doesn't do regular "adult" things
Psychosexual Stages
Sherlock may be stuck in the latency period, although there is not enough evidence to be completely sure. He is not known to have ever been in a relationship (expect for a fake one he had for a case), says women "aren't his area" and does not seem too interested in anyone in really any way except mentally. Although this is good evidence of being stuck in the latency period, Sherlock does not really have any friends, or even people that care about him, expect for John Watson, his former flatmate, and a couple people that he solves cases with, so he does not seem to be interested with even platonic relationships with anyone.
What to Work on
-being nice, caring
-understanding emotions
-acting more mature
-not being so excited about murder
Therapy Plan
Sherlock Holmes would not likely respond well to therapy, due to the fact that he believes everyone to be stupid except himself, so I recommend working on his relationships with people. More specifically he should work on caring about people, being nice to people, looking at the good in others, and making friends. If he could improve these things even slightly he would be a much nicer, better, and likeable person. However, he may also reject these ideas for improvement, so in order for him to learn to be better people around him should be encouraging, and friendly, but not in an obvious way. This will likely help set him on the right path, although it may not appear to be working at first.
Sherlock in Buckingham Palace wearing only a sheet after refusing to get dressed
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