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Movie Review Hide and Seek

Movie Review Hide and Seek

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Published by Aquino Samuel Jr.
This is an analysis of the movie: Hide and Seek (Robert Deniro and Dakota Fanning). This explores the possible etiology of Dissociative Identity Disorder and its symptoms.
This is an analysis of the movie: Hide and Seek (Robert Deniro and Dakota Fanning). This explores the possible etiology of Dissociative Identity Disorder and its symptoms.

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Published by: Aquino Samuel Jr. on Sep 21, 2010
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THE MOVIE REVIEWSamuel H. Aquino Jr.I.RATIONALEThe panel of critics believes that every human has a craving for knowledge, a need. The arduousthinking the readers will undergo from reading this movie review will make them feel intellectuallysatisfied. This review will help justify the possibility of the existence of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Itwill add to the readers preexisting knowledge about the nature of DID. It will provide the reader additionalknowledge about the possible origin and cause of DID. And finally, this movie review will stimulate thereader to think further and thus, may come up with something about DID that nobody has thought aboutyet.II.DESCRIPTION OF CHARACTERThe Panel of critic focuses their analytical attention to the character of Dr. David Calloway playedby Robert de Niro. The critics are interested about the condition of Dr. Calloway’s marital relationship priorto his dissociation. They are also concerned about the possible cause and origin of his dissociation. Andthey are very much riveted by the resulting circumstances after his dissociation.Dr. David Calloway is a practicing psychologist. He is married and has a daughter named Emily.Emily is more intimate with her mother than to his father, Dr. David.One night as the couple attended a party, Mrs. Calloway discreetly exited from the throng of peopletogether with the host of the party. The doctor saw them and followed. At the stairs, he saw his wife withthis certain man in a very passionate business.After the party, the couple went home evidently emotionally distant to each other. At 2:06 earlymorning, Mrs. Calloway was dead in the tub. It was ruled out as suicide.Emily was so traumatized by the event that she had to undergo psychotherapy. Thinking it best toexpose her to new environment, Dr. Calloway decided to transfer to a new home in the suburbs.Soon after, their lives were disturbed by the appearance of Emily’s imaginary friend named “Charlie”. It all started out as fun but Charlie was getting more and more dangerous. Dr. Calloway wassoon to discover that he is Charlie that he has dissociated. With this stressful discovery, Dr. Calloway died.Emily was left with Charlie. Charlie terrorized the little girl in their game of hide and seek. But with theintervention of another psychologist, Charlie was put to stop in his dangerous schemes.III.THE THEORYSPLITTING from Psychic Defense Mechanism of theObject Relations Theory by Melanie Klein.Individuals can only manage the good and bad aspects of themselves and of external objects by
them, that is, by keeping apart incompatible impulses. Splitting is synonymous to dissociation.Before the process of dissociation is put in action, the ego first must acknowledge the existence of two incompatible impulses, the good and bad aspects of internal and external objects. The good and badaspects cannot go together. They must be separated by dissociation. In order to separate the good andthe bad objects, the ego then must be itself split.If the goof and bad or positive and negative objects are brought together, the ego will be put underextreme tension from this opposite objects. Unless there is dissociation, the ego will not survive suchtension.Splitting the ego is normal, and in fact helpful in moderate degrees. However, brought to anextreme circumstance, the ego may be split that the result may be two basically independent egos, thatis, two personalities.IV.THEORETICAL ANALYSISTo be able to identify the causes of the abnormal behavior using the Theory of Splitting/Dissociation in the Psychic Defense Mechanism by Klein, there should first be the existence of a traumaticand stressful event. As in the case of Dr. Calloway, his discovery of his wife’s extramarital affair is thetraumatic incident.

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