Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe has been a public figure since she became famous. She was always loved and respected by the public, and her death was had a huge impact on them. The events she had gone through in her childhood with her family contributed to the struggles she experienced in her adult life. She spent most of her childhood in the public eye, so it was very shocking to learn how much she had gone through in her life. Psychologists say that Marilyn would be diagnosed with comorbid disorders. Her personality was shaped by her behavior, reported thoughts and feelings, and emotions. Her childhood events shaped her personality as an adult, which eventually led to her suicide (Wikipedia, 2014).
Marilyn Monroe’s birth name was Norma Jeane Mortensen and was born in Los Angeles on June 1, 1926. Her mother, grandmother, and grandfather all had a history of mental disorders and her great grandfather committed suicide by hanging himself, while her uncle left to run errands and never came back (Spoto, 1993, p. 31, 55). Her mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker, married and divorced twice and left her two older children to their neighbors (Spoto, 1993, p. 8). Both Marilyn’s mother and grandmother were divorcees, but were dependent upon men (Spoto, 1993, p. 2). When Marilyn was only two weeks old, Gladys left her under the care of foster parents, Ida and Albert Bolender. Her early life was secure and infused with strict Christian morals. Marilyn felt unwanted because her biological mother left her, and her foster mother rejected her. Her foster mother only allowed Marilyn to call her “Aunt Ida,” as she was never her mother (Spoto, 1993, p. 20).
Marilyn was later taken back by her biological mother and started living with her mother’s good friend, Gra...

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...miscarriages, she may have also had premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which caused “changes in sleep, appetite, and libido” (Beidel, Bulik, & Stanley, 2013). She also had histrionic personality disorder because of her “pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning by early adulthood” (Beidel, Bulik, & Stanley, 2013). Her parental absence, history of sexual assault, and constantly moving as a child, and her failed marriages also affected her personality, which all caught up to her and eventually led to her suicide.

Works Cited

Beidel, D. C., Bulik, C. M. & Stanley, M. A. (2013). Abnormal psychology (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Marilyn Monroe. (2014, April 23). Wikipedia. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from

Spoto, D. (1993). Marilyn Monroe: the biography. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
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