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Fictional Case Study

By: Taylor Ellis, Laura Cathey, and Hannah Asberry

Laura Cathey

on 4 January 2013

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Damon Salvatore Road to recovery: In The CW's hit T.V. show, The Vampire Diaries, Damon Salvatore is one of the main characters who also happens to be a vampire. His main characteristics are not concealed. By his apparent affection for his brother's girlfriend, Elena, he shows his selfishness and lack of empathy for his brothers feelings. Because of past experiences, Damon feels hatred toward his brother, Stefan, for making him into who he is. Along with his self-pleasing agenda, he takes pleasure in killing innocent humans, which could classify him as a sociopath. In addition to his self-involved personality and sociopathic tendencies, Damon also suffers as an alcoholic as a result of emotional instability. Video Clips: -Alcoholism: Damon is always seen with a drink in hand. He drinks at all hours of the day, and his drinking gets especially bad when he's upset. He doesn't know how to deal with his emotions, so he gets drunk instead and ends up doing irrational and harmful things to hurt other people.
-Sociopathic Tendencies: Damon takes pleasure in killing people. He thinks its an integral part of being a vampire, although most other vampires around him don't enjoy killing people and look for other ways to feed. He doesn't understand why they don't like to kill when he takes so much enjoyment out of it. He has a history of past relationships with other people that have greatly affected his emotional stability, leading him to act irrationally. Psychological Flaws: If we were to diagnose Damon Salvatore with a mental disorder, he would be considered having Borderline Personality Disorder. Due to his unstable emotions, Damon has the tendency to put forth all his stress into anger, killing and harming people frequently. He has always been extremely protective and clingy to his brother's girlfriend, Elena, due to his passion for her, as well; although, when forced to make tough decisions, he tends to sabotage his relationships with the decisions he makes in a very selfish manner. Damon is always too scared to open up to people and has issues trusting them, so before he puts himself in a vulnerable state, he often retreats from the situation, avoiding it at all costs.
Damon puts up a figurative mask all the time as the "tough, bad boy" who doesn't like to think he has emotional ties to others, when in reality, he's constantly afraid - especially of losing Elena.
With naturalistic observation, it is self-evident that Damon is a very unstable, cautious person, and we can understand his needs to better himself for others' safety. Deeper into the phenomenon: Psychoanalytical: Using psychoanalytical therapy, we can get to the heart of his problem by discovering his issues with his father and inability to withhold a stable relationship - detrimental to his emotional state and self esteem.
-Guided Projection would be most helpful in discovering his initial problem and leading us to help him acknowledge his alcoholism and life-threatening behaviors.

Cognitive: Using cognitive forms of therapy, we will be able to make him realize that he has responsibility for his own actions and will make him see the errors in his logical reasoning.
-Cognitive Distortions would be frequently used to let Damon realize that the behaviors he is invoking do not have a positive outcome on others and do not help solve the problems at hand.
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