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Criminal Minds Character Analysis

Psychology Project
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Carissa Gatta

on 20 December 2012

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Criminal Minds Character Analysis Carissa Gatta, Katie Hanrahan, Jamie Gevirtz Penelope Garcia: Adler's Psychoanalytic Approach of Inferiority
Aaron Hotchner: Adler's Psychoanalytic Approach of Inferiority
Spencer Reid: Big 5 Traits: Low in Extraversion SPENCER REID: The show follows a team of FBI profilers Conclusion Background Information Penelope Garcia They analyze crime scenes and make profiles of what they think the criminal is like *Young son Jack

*Deceased wife Haley

*Been Working for BAU for many years

*Has had serial killers after himself and his family

*New relationship with Beth

*Leader of the team

*Tries to make the world a safer place from serial killers

*Friendly yet professional This ultimately helps them to catch the criminal and save innocent civilians The unit is known as the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) Where he is now:
*24 years old
*Has 3 Ph.D.s
*Worked for BAU since the age of 21
*Uncomfortable talking to women
*Socially awkward
*Exhibits characteristics of Aspergers
*Doesn't like to drive - Penelope Garcia
- Spencer Reid
- Aaron Hotchner Childhood:
*Father left the family when he was young
*Mother has schizophrenia
*Mother witnessed a murder when Spencer was a child
*Only child
*Reid was severely bullied as a child
*Graduated high school at 12 years old
*Can read 20,000 words per minute
*Admitted his mother to a psychiatric hospital when he was 18 Psychoanalytic Personality: Socially Useful Type *His feelings of weakness cause him to become an FBI agent
* Help society
* Keep people safe Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Esteem Need * Instead of working on his own self-esteem and confidence he chooses to put others first
-He cares so deeply about his son that he puts him before anything
-He helps his son work on his self-confidence Big 5 Trait: High in Conscientiousness * Thoughtful
* Goal in mind
* Pays close attention to detail
* Control over his impulses Big 5 Trait: Low in Extroversion * Not very talkative
* Does not express emotions
* Not outgoing
* He keeps to himself and does not let anyone in on his personal life Psychoanalytic Personality: Schizoid
*Inability to pick up on social cues
*No interest in a relationship, until lately
*Very shy
*Hard time interacting with people he doesn't know Maslows Hierarchy of Needs: Love and belonging
*Father left him as a child
*Mother is in a institution
*Mother has schizophrenia
*Cannot hold a relationship
*Only talks to the BAU team Big 5 Traits: Low in Agreeableness
*He is cautious when trusting others
*Socially awkward
*Not affectionate towards anyone Big 5 Traits: High in Neuroticism
*Emotionally unstable at times
*Quickly can become irritable
*High anxiety Aaron Hotchner Where he is now:
*24 years old
*Has 3 Ph.D.s
*Can read 20,000 words a minute
*Works for BAU
*Does the geographic profiling for the team
*Uncomfortable talking to women
-However, has had some relationships with women on the show
*Doesn't like to drive Childhood:
*Father left the family when he was young
*Mother has schizophrenia
*Mother witnessed a murder when Spencer was a child
*Only child
*Reid was severely bullied as a child
*Graduated high school at 12 years old
*Can read 20,000 words per minute
*Admitted his mother to a psychiatric hospital when he was 18 The unit is located in Quantico, Virgina The unit is known as the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) Characters: + Penelope Garcia
+Aaron Hotchner
+Spencer Reid She is the ultimate hacker She can get information on anyone in less than a minute She is the heart of the team, constantly helping She provides emotional support for her friends by constantly being as optimistic as possible She is the technical analyst for the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI Both of her parents died in a car accident She has four brothers Her goals (as portrayed on the show) is to help as many people as possible by catching the criminals She is currently not in a relationship, however, she dated a technical analyst who is also part of the FBI Analysis of Penelope Garcia Alfred Adler's Psychoanalytic Approach: Consequences of Inferiority * She tends to have feelings of weakness This leads to her feeling it is necessary to do good for the sake of society
*Inability to pick up on social cues
*No interest in a relationship until recently
*Very shy
*Has trouble talking to anyone but the team members
*Doesn't like to shake hands with others
*Avoids eye contact
* May appear dull to people he just meets * To compensate for her inferiority she joined the FBI Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
*Father left him as a child
*Mother is in a mental institution
*Cannot hold a relationship
*Doesn't have any friendships outside of the team Penelope is located on Stage 4 ( The Esteem Need) She has difficulty being herself
*Not sociable
*Extremely shy
*Doesn't know how to handle himself in certain situations
* He is unable to be assertive She tries to fit in with the rest of the FBI team but she is not like most of them
- She likes different things
_ She dresses different from everyone else
*High anxiety in certain situations
*He can go from fine to angered in a matter of seconds
*He can be moody
*He becomes emotional easily
-especially when offended She doesn't think she is ever good enough but her friends and co-workers help her
-0:10 *He was kidnapped by a serial killer
*Tortured and drugged over a course of 2 days
*Became addicted to pain killers
*He has become clean since then Big 5 Traits: Extraversion vs. Openness to Experience - Penelope is high in extraversion
- She loves to talk
- When she talks to people she is always expressing her emotions
- She is not afraid to hide her emotions
-When she's afraid or scared everyone will know it - Garcia tends to be low in openness to experience
- She seems herself as having to do the same thing everyday
-She is very organized and doesn't explore a wide range of activities
-She would rather work all day than try something new
-She is only comfortable with the things she knows well (computers) Analysis of Aaron Hotchner Hotchner pays very close attention to details of people
0:03- 0: 47 Psychoanalytic Personality Disorder: Schizoid Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Love and Belonging Big 5 Traits: Low in Extroversion Clip shows how Reid avoids eye contact, and is quite shy when meeting new people Big 5 Trait: High in Neuroticism
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