8 HABITS OF MIND THEME: METACOGNITION
Initially I had planned to write about Dexter Morgan again, from the TV drama Dexter as he is a psychopath who always contemplates if he is a monster are not as I thought his reflections would prove a worthy dissection for this assignment. But alas, someone in class shouted out this idea and thus is it ruined. Kind of annoyed to be completely honest. My next thought of a what to analyze in relation to what makes a monster came from a tv commercial about an upcoming horror movie called Split pictured above. This movie plays on the fear of someone who has multiple personality disorder in which they have many different alter egos, some good, some bad, and some dangerous that the host Kevin is unable to control. Although this is just a current popular movie I want to discuss the real disease. Multiple Personality Disorder or MPD is one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders, with no clear consensus on diagnostic criteria or treatment. Research on treatment efficacy has been concerned primarily with clinical approaches and case studies but psychologists have found no real cure for the disease. Using wikipedia I read taht people who suffer from MPD can never remember things they did in there alter egos. In that case if someone who suffers from MPD kills someone while in there alter ego are they liable for that action? Culturally I would say we believe the person who takes the life of an innocent is guilty and has some sort of "monster" even. A real darkness inside them that compelled them to do such a horrible deed. But what if that dark passenger inside was truly uncontrollable. Is the person in which it inhibits truly a monster. In a NJ hudson article I read about a case in which a person with MPD killed 3 family members in a horrific incident and couldn't remember any of it. I understand that some people may use MPD as a legal ploy but in this instance both the prosecution and defense agreed it was an evil alter ego of the defendant that murdered this family. So that question in asking becomes, does this make this person a monster, or a victim? Can anyone truly be a monster over something they inherently have no control over?
Sources: NJ Hudson http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2009/03/multiple_personality_disorder.html Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociative_identity_disorder