Hello readers! I hope your new year has been… well manageable up till now. If not, the year is still young, which means it could get worse or it could get better, but as always, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Or James 1:2-4.
Any who, cause insomnia is paying a visit tonight, I am up!!! It’s one in the morning so why not. Okay, so like I said before I am going to write about characters who have mental disorders. Right now, I am watching two movies: Mrs. Doubtfire and Shrek. I had the best childhood! Anyway, I was thinking umm… Lesley, maybe you should write about one of these two movies. But which one, Lesley? (Yes, I often refer myself in the third person, allows me to think.) So, I am looking deeper into the two movies, and guess what? In Mrs. Doubtfire, while Robin Williams does cross-dress, I don’t think the DSM5 considers this as a mental disorder.
So, turns out that cross-dressing is in the DSM5 called Transvestic Disorder. If interested go check out the link!
I am going to focus on Shrek, cause why not? It’s an awesome movie. So, there are a couple of characters in Shrek that if they did come to my psych office (when I get a psych office), I could diagnosis with many and various issues! Shrek: social phobia, antisocial personality disorder, anger issues, etc. Donkey: shows signs of having ADHD, anxiety, suffers from loneliness, and possibly hidden depression. Fiona, haha she is a jar of wonders suffering from anxiety, loneliness, PTSD, and body dysmorphic disorder. However, the character I want to talk about is someone who cut short from the film and played a small part in the movie, although he had major impacts. Additionally, this character, sadly for him, could never measure up to be king. Yep! I am talking about this guy:
Lord Farquaad! Trying saying that name five times fast (I cannot with sounding inappropriate, haha!) Anyway, for those who don’t know who he is or have not seen the movie: Farquaad is the comically short-in-stature, ruthless ruler of Duloc. Several times in the film it is commented that, in his capital city Duloc’s towering height, Farquaad may be compensating for something.
In his pursuit of perfection, Farquaad attempts to rid his Kingdom of Fairy Tale creatures, offering a bounty for their capture and then exiling imprisoned creatures to Shrek’s swamp (mistake number 1). However, because Farquaad is not of royal stock, he cannot become a king until he marries a princess (enter magic mirror where there is ad for Fiona…wait…what???) MISKATE NUMBER 2! However, Princess Fiona can be the must first be rescued from her tower which is guarded by a fire-breathing dragon.
Obviously, Farquaad won’t recuse her, cause well height, and he only cares for himself “That is a sacrifice I am willing to make” when he talks about how many men will die in this task. He holds a tournament to discover the knight who will rescue Princess Fiona. Enter Shrek and Donkey and the one of my favorite songs “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Shrek and Donkey defeat the knights, so Farquaad decides to send Shrek on the quest. Farquaad agrees to move the Fairy Tale creatures out of Shrek’s swamp if he rescues Fiona and grant deed to the swamp to prevent any future squatters or resettlements on his land. Shrek delivers Fiona to Farquaad and he immediately proposes, unaware that she becomes an ogress at sunset (talk about desperate and mistake number 3). Shrek later disrupts the marriage ceremony, delaying a kiss between Farquaad and Fiona until after sunset.
Fiona makes the transition from human to ogress form, upon which Farquaad rejects his new bride, banishing her back to the tower and claiming the title of King (I don’t think that’s how it works since the marriage never was completed, but I am not sure). He also sentences Shrek to death at that time, but before Farquaad finishes his claim of becoming the new King, the dragon who had guarded Fiona, and who developed a crush on Donkey while Fiona was being rescued from her castle (wow that sentence… Go watch the movie if you have not already), crashes through the window in response to a beckoning whistle from Shrek. She then devours Farquaad and burps out his crown. Farquaad was apparently not well-liked in Duloc; when he is eaten, the citizens laugh and cheer.
Okay, Lesley, what’s up with this short little guy? Well… he has Histrionic personality disorder!
What is that?
Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of attention seeking behavior and extreme emotionality. Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be the center of attention in any group of people, and feel uncomfortable when they are not. While often lively, interesting and sometimes dramatic, they have difficulty when people aren’t focused exclusively on them. People with this disorder may be perceived as being shallow, and may engage in sexually seductive or provocative behavior to draw attention to themselves.
Individuals with Histrionic Personality Disorder may have difficulty achieving emotional intimacy in romantic or sexual relationships. Without being aware of it, they often act out a role (e.g., “victim” or “princess”) in their relationships to others. They may seek to control their partner through emotional manipulation or seductiveness on one level, whereas displaying a marked dependency on them at another level.
Individuals with this disorder often have impaired relationships with same-sex friends because their sexually provocative interpersonal style may seem a threat to their friends’ relationships. These individuals may also alienate friends with demands for constant attention. They often become depressed and upset when they are not the center of attention.
Right so now symptoms to show that he does have HPD!
- Is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention:
- Farquaad made himself to be ruler of his land, heck he even built a massive castle.
- Interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior
- In the movie we sometimes see him like this:
- Additionally, like he is looking for a princess
- In the movie we sometimes see him like this:
- Displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions
- He is an emotional and I don’t really understand why. Like he goes from giving a great speech to cutting the legs off Gingerbread Man. Seriously, man get help. Well… he got eaten but still.
- Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to themselves
- Physical appearance he is after all 4 feet tall and wears A LOT red!
- Has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail
- He gives great speeches but really is one big circle of nothing, with more questions than answers (like this guy:
Sorry… I couldn’t help myself!
- Shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion
- Farquaad IS GOING TO BE KING! KING! Self-dramatization at its finest and he so such a drama queen… drama king? DRAMA KING!
- Is highly suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances
- This isn’t really shown in the movie but we can see that he uses the circumstances of his height and his status to influence what he does, and the mirror mirror on the wall has a major influence on him.
- Considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are
- He is in bed just smiling about the idea of having Fiona as a bride (she is younger and he does not know her yet)
Because personality disorders describe long-standing and enduring patterns of behavior, they are most often diagnosed in adulthood. It is uncommon for them to be diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, because a child or teen is under constant development, personality changes and maturation. Like most personality disorders, histrionic personality disorder typically will decrease in intensity with age, with many people experiencing few of the most extreme symptoms by the time they are in the 40s or 50s. This fits Farquaad since he appears to be somewhere around ages 25-35.
Researchers today don’t know what causes histrionic personality disorder. There are many theories, however, about the possible causes of histrionic personality disorder. Most professionals subscribe to a biopsychosocial model of causation. The causes of are likely due to biological and genetic factors, social factors (such as how a person interacts in their early development with their family and friends and other children), and psychological factors (the individual’s personality and temperament, shaped by their environment and learned coping skills to deal with stress). This suggests that no single factor is responsible; it is the complex and likely intertwined nature of all three factors that are important. If a person has this personality disorder, research suggests that there is a slightly increased risk for this disorder to be “passed down” to their children. Good thing he won’t be having any children.
That was mean…
So, what do you guys think? Does Lord Farquaad have histrionic personality disorder?
By the way and fun fact:
Alan Rickman was originally offered for the role of Lord Farquaad, but he turned it down to play Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film saga instead. Good call Alan!