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Cartoon Pathology of Aladdin
Transcript of Cartoon Pathology of Aladdin
1. Grandiose sense of self-importance: all of Jafar's aims revolve around his sense of self-importance that he wishes to satisfy with both power and status
2. Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited power: wishes to satisfy his sense of self-importance with power, achieved through becoming both Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world
3. Believes that he is special and unique: only seeks power for self and never thinks that anyone else is worthy
4. Sense of entitlement: thinks he deserves to be Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world
5. Interpersonally exploitative: exploits his position as adviser and the help of Iago
6. Lacks empathy: never experiences remorse, can lie effortlessly, and can produce seemingly genuine false apologies Symptoms:
1. Needs others to assume responsibility for most major areas of his life: allows Jafar to determine how he will live his life
2. Has difficulty expressing disagreement with others: never expresses disagreement with Jafar
3. Has difficult doing things on his own: does not do anything that Jafar has not ordered him to do
4. Goes to extensive lengths to obtain nurturance and support from others, to the point of volunteering to do things that are unpleasant: endures Jafar's mistreatment and exploitation in order to ensure that Jafar keeps him around (example: does not mind when Jafar makes him run to create a storm, despite the pain and exhaustion it causes Iago). Symptoms:
1. Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self: in almost every interaction, the Genie morphs his appearance for dramatic and theatrical effect
2. Has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail: emphasizes everything he says through constantly changing his persona and always speaking in a grandiose manner, no matter what he is talking about
3. Shows self-dramatization and theatricality: is incredibly theatrical; everything he does is a production
4. Considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are: at the end of the movie, the Genie expresses genuine sadness at having to leave Aladdin, when he has only known the boy for a very short period of time
5. Is suggestible or easily influenced by others: is easily manipulated by Aladdin into granting a wish without Aladdin officially wishing (first)
6. Is uncomfortable in situations in which he is not the center of attention: when Aladdin initially dismisses the Genie, Genie runs after him and must impress Aladdin until he is the center of attention again Character: Axis I: Axis II: Axis III: Axis IV: Conclusion: of Aladdin The Disney movie Aladdin is seemingly an innocent tale of a true love conquering the limitations of social classes, some evil characters, and, of course, magic. However, a second look at the film's leading characters, which include Aladdin, Abu, Jafar, Iago, Jasmine, the Sultan, and the Genie, reveal that there is more to these childhood personalities than first meets the eye. In reality, each suffers from either a clinical disorder, a personality disorder, general medical conditions, psychosocial/ environmental problems, or a combination of two or more these conditions. Diagnosis: Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms:
1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment: frantically lies to avoid Princess Jasmine's rejection
2. Severe dissociative symptoms: alternates between being an honest and selfless "street-rat" and the all-important "Prince Ali Ababwa"
3. Identity disturbance: initially is proud of his character yet financial and social limitations cause recurring periods of low self-esteem/ self-worth
4. Impulsivity: steals food "whenever he can" and runs into the Cave of Wonders
5.Chronic feelings of emptiness: demonstrated whenever he is wistfully gazing at the palace or later when he is without Princess Jasmine
6. Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships: relationship with Princess Jasmine Example of Dissociative Symptoms... Multiaxial Diagnosis of Conditions Demonstrated by the characters of Disney's Aladdin Symptoms:
1. Often does not follow through on instructions: touches treasure in the Cave of Wonders despite Aladdin's instructions
2. Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli: constantly distracted by gold and food-- anything he can steal (seen with ruby in Cave of Wonders)
3. Often fidgets with hands or feet: constantly jumping about and fidgeting
4. Often runs about or climbs excessively: constantly jumping about and fidgeting
5. Often has difficulty awaiting turn: very impatient/ constantly vying for Aladdin's attention (will jump and chatter until Aladdin looks, such as the scene where Aladdin first takes Princess Jasmine to where he lives)
6. Often talks excessively: occurs during the scene where Aladdin first takes Princess Jasmine to where he lives Symptoms:
For Borderline Personality Disorder
1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagine abandonment: becomes frantic for Aladdin's attention when he first meets Princess Jasmine/ steals in the market to impress and please his companion
2. Impulsivity: cannot help but stealing whatever he wishes to
3. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger: displayed when Aladdin first brings Jasmine back to where he lives
4. Stress-related paranoid ideation: does not initially trust the carpet or Princess Jasmine
5. Unstable interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation: fluctuates between idolizing Aladdin and displaying passive aggressive and sometimes openly aggressive behavior while or after Aladdin has devoted time to anyone else, specifically Princess Jasmine Abu displays impulsivity and touches the forbidden treasure... despite Aladdin's instructions not to touch anything! Diagnosis: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Jafar's Rise to Power Diagnosis: Dependent Personality Disorder Examples of Iago's ongoing devotion to Jafar, despite mistreatment and exploitation Skip to 0:59 and then 1:55 Diagnosis: No Disorder Diagnosis: No disorder Diagnosis: Histrionic Personality Disorder Example of the Genie's Histrionic Personality Disorder... Aladdin
Genie --- Borderline Failure to thrive Poverty ADHD Borderline Failure to thrive Poverty --- Narcissistic --- --- --- Dependent --- --- --- --- --- Overprotected --- --- --- Single parent --- Histrionic --- Housing Problems All in all, it appears that the men and women of Arabah may be more troubled than a child might initially suppose. A second look at this Disney classic reveals that the majority of the characters suffer from either a disorder, condition, or in some cases both.