Game of Thrones Analysis on Disorders

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In George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed hit series A Song of Ice and Fire, many characters are plagued by problems of their own caused by the game of thrones that each major character has a part in. In the center of game is Cersei Lannister, a woman with more power than most noble men, and she isn’t afraid of abusing it as she feels necessary. Behind this power though is one of the most psychologically complex and distraught characters in the book series. Through point of view chapters and her actions as seen by other characters, this paper will identify, characterize, and diagnose many of the psychological disorders and traumas Cersei Lannister has faced . Cersei Lannister was born a fraternal twin with her brother Jamie Lannister. Their father Tywin Lannister is one of the most powerful men in Westros , having just as much wealth in gold as in power as a commander in the battlefield. For the first 15 years of Cersei’s life, her father Tywin was Hand of the King, acting as the enforcer for the real king and often said to have been more influential than the true king of the time. This power meant that Cersei and her bother Jamie had the opportunity to grow up around and be involved with some of the most influential people in all of Westros, but also had to deal with the pressure to learn the proper etiquette and roles of their distinctive gender, such as wearing dresses and understanding that she would be married off to a prince one day. Though up to this point in her life, Cersei was relatively normal and lived a luxurious life, but the death of her mother Joanna was the first trauma that she faced. The death of Cersei’s mother Joanna was particularly scarring to her nine year old psyche, as Joanna died giving birth to her youngest ... ... middle of paper ... ...s to see improvement in her psychological symptoms than dosage could be progressively lowered to a point where she is no longer dependent on these medications. To deal with the issue of the loss of her children, she could receive treatment similar to people who experience PTSD. This type of treatment, specifically exposure therapy, could help Cersei come to terms with the loss of Joffery and the separation of her from Myrcella. Dealing with the incestuous relationship with her twin brother Jamie is a much more difficult issue as both Jamie and Cersei were the instigators that initiated the sexual contact with one another. There is no set type of therapy that has specifically been developed for persons with incestuous relationships aside from individual therapy and helping the person come to the realization that relationships like that are wrong and against the law.
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