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...y the product of his childhood development and his parental influence. Freud’s theory shows how much of Rick’s personality is driven by his super ego. Rick is a natural born leader, who sets high extremely high expectations for himself and not being a successful leader causes conflict to arise within. The post-apocalyptic world takes a toll on Rick and often times pushes him into a dark place. Rick’s environment greatly affected his caring personality and as result was engulfed with negative tension. Rick experienced Thanatos or the death drive that caused him to enter a spiral of self destruction. Also, Rick experienced catharsis as result of all the emotional tension that was bottled up inside him against Shane. Freud’s psychodynamic perspective is complex and difficult to understand but it does an excellent job of uncovering the depths of Rick Grimes personality.
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