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Psychology of the Pirates of the Caribbean

AP Psychology final project -- psychological analysis of "The Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End"
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Cam Herringshaw

on 25 May 2011

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Transcript of Psychology of the Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean:
At World's End Jack Sparrow Dissociative Identity Disorder - Romans introduced the idea of multiple personalities (Janus).
-Eugen Bleuler differentiated DID and schizophrenia, but DID was popularized by "Sybil"
-First appeared in DSM III
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs -- Survival
Functional Fixedness -- Karl Duncker first researched this idea in 1945 Lord Beckett Schizoid Personality Disorder -- Affectless
-Theory first developed by Eugen Bleuler in 1908.
-Passionless, unaffectionate, uncaring, cold.

Sadistic -- Tyrannical
- Relishes menacing/brutalizing others, forcing
them to submit
- Verbally scathing, destructive
-Inhumane, unmerciful Davy Jones Antisocial Narcissist (Reputation-Defending)
-Needs to be thought of as unflawed or invincible.
-In the middle of battle, Jones lords his invicibility
over Will and Elizabeth. The Black Pearl and the Endeavor
are in battle, with Jack "trapped" on the wrong ship... Marty Inferiority complex --
Alfred Adler
Marty overcompensates for his small stature by using the largest weapons of the crew. Jack is (again) trapped on the wrong ship,
this time being sucked into a whirlpool THE END Davy Jones has one weakness, and
Lord Beckett shows his power over that weakness. The pirates escape the
British Navy's ambush For Mrs. Hallam:
I.Lord Beckett
A.)Schizoid Personality Disorder – Affectless
This theory was first developed and researched by the Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler
Symptoms/Signs – Lack of passion or affection, harsh, cold
B.)Sadistic – Tyrannical
Enjoys verbally destroying others and forcing them to bow down
II.Marty
A.)Adlerian Inferiority Complex – The subject feels the need to overcompensate for whatever it is he/she lacks physically, mentally, or emotionally.
B.)Alfred Adler researched this in the early 1900’s
III.Davy Jones
A.)Antisocial Narcissist – Feels the need to be thought of as invincible to others, especially those under his/her power or influence.
IV.Jack Sparrow
A.)Dissociative Identity Disorder – Introduced by the Romans, but quantified and researched in the early 20th century.
B.)Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – Throughout the entire movie, Jack Sparrow’s motives for lying, stealing, cheating, and betrayal are all for his own survival.
C.)Functional Fixedness – Researched by Karl Duncker in 1945. Jack shows a complete lack of functional fixedness, using whatever is around to suit his purposes.


1.)What does Lord Beckett do that shows how little he cares for the emotions of others?
2.)What does Marty do to make up for his size?
3.)What does Davy Jones like to brag about?
4.)What does Jack do to show his hatred for Lord Beckett?
5.)What personality disorder do all of Jack’s personalities share?
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