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2018, vol. 40, iss. 1, pp. 6-19
Almodovar: Paradigm of borderline personality disorder in the movie 'High heels'
Zavod za Zdravstvenu zaštitu radnika 'Železnice Srbije', Beograd
Keywords: Almodovar; personality disorders; fragile identity
This paper is a psychological and psychiatric analysis within the field of film arts. Pedro Almodovar's focal point of interest in his films is the prototype of a hero who, in the European culture of the late twentieth century, manifests the traumas of adjusting to the incoherent structure of modern world and exhibits extreme, unpredictable, clinically conspicuous behaviour. Owing to the complexity of the very subject of the research imposing the essential question 'whether the true encounter amongst human beings is still possible', the research is aimed at a deeper analysis of an individual and the relationship between the individual and his/her micro and macro milieus, by using the theoretical models of the contemporary psychodynamic developmental school - the object relations theory and self psychology. Through a meticulous selection of Almodovar's characters Rebecca stands out, thus enabling the manifestation of the perception sensitivity for the 'border line' phenomenon within the psychodynamic model, as well as gaining a more profound insight into the dynamics of the development of the personality with fragile identity. Within Almodovar's depiction of characters there is a subtle intertwined conception of the way they are organized in a psychological sense, he even manages to cinematically demonstrate the mechanism of splitting which is manifested by these psychologically immature personality structures in the thinking process. Clinical psychology and psychiatry in Almodovar's characters encounter entities that paradigmatically fit into the diagnostic category of personality disorders with borderline structure. Intensive emotions that move these personalities are a frenetic necessity and craving for achieving closeness and their desperate attempt to establish an authentic communication with the significant other. Revealing the paradoxical framework within the communication cliches, this research provides a perspective of the 'paradoxical optimism' phenomenon introjection in the mosaic of the psychological and psychiatric theory and practice.
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article language: Serbian
document type: Original Paper
DOI: 10.5937/Engrami1801006P
published in SCIndeks: 15/11/2018

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