Abnormal Behavior In American Psycho

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1) Description of “abnormal behavior” In the film, American Psycho, Patrick Bateman was a wealthy investment banker who also happened to be a serial killer. He was highly intelligent and was charming which attracted many of the women who came his way. Unlike most people in the world, he lived in constant pain. He was rarely happy with himself, and also hated everyone around him. He felt that he needed to inflict his pain on others in violent ways. He always had something disgusting to say such as, “I like to dissect girls; I am utterly insane.” It is outside of the norm to speak in this way, therefore he would be considered deviant. He displayed feelings of distress as he became frustrated very easily with himself and others. Everything…show more content…
When he would become angry with someone he would automatically threaten them. For instance, he was angry with the bartender and muttered to himself how much he would enjoy killing her. He could not function in normal settings. He would be with his coworkers and would have trouble staying focused on the conversation because he had his mind on other things going on in his life, such as killing another person. He would have strange verbal outburts, would sweat perfusualy, was uptight, and was rude to his friends. He did not care about anybody except himself, and that was evident when he broke up with his fiance. As she began to cry during the breakup, he clealy had no feelings for her. His behavior was dysfunctional; he could not work productively, and could not hold relationships. Patrick Bateman was clearly a danger to others. Even if he didn’t have a specific problem with someone, such as a prostitute, he still felt the need to kill them. He had poor impulse control, and would…show more content…
People who have this disorder are usually self-centered and have a hard time maintaining relationships. This is clear as in the entire movie he doesn’t seem to care about his fiance. He had sex with many other women, and when he was asked if he was dating anybody he responded by saying, “not really.” This also shows how he was a liar. He constantly lied to get out of situations and to make himself feel better. For example, he believed that he made a reservation at a restaurant when they were clearly all booked. As well as being a pathological liar, he was also decietful. He tricked a prostitute into thinking she was safe by going to his apartment. He ended up murdering her with a chainsaw. He was always rude and straightforward to others as he was inconsiderate of anyone’s feelings. He told a woman he worked with exactly what to wear; and if she did not look good he would tell her she was ugly. He was very shallow and arrogant as he cared very much about his facial features. Patrick did not display many emotions except for greed and digust. He showed zero remorse for the people he murdered; it was as if nothing happened. People with antisocial personality disorder also show recklessness. Towards the end of the movie he believed he was going to get caught for all of the murders he completed, and therefore decided to shoot everyone he came in contact with. This included police officers, security
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