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The Psychology Behind Fight Club The narrator of the movie Fight Club appears to be suffering from dissociative identity disorder, formally known as multiple personality disorder. The main symptoms he exhibited included depersonalization, suicide attempts, hallucinations, memory loss, and violence. The narrator, who is not given a name, but goes by numerous alibis, alternates between two personalities: the “self” he initially believes he is, and the “alter” played by Brad Pitt, named Tyler. The narrator does not realize he is switching between these two personalities until he has already been suffering from the disorder for a while because of depersonalization. The depersonalization causes him to feel detached from the side of him who is Tyler, and he does not realize that he himself is performing the actions and speech he observes from Tyler. Depersonalization occurs for the narrator because he is so detached from the body and thoughts of one of his alters that he does not even realize the alter is a part of himself. Because he is unaware that he has dissociative disorder, it does not occur to him that a
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PSYC 101 taught by Professor Sulangdon during the Fall '06 term at Bates.

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