My goal in this entry is not to introduce, diagnose, and suggest a treatment plan for any of the characters, but rather to delve into the rationale for a place like Westworld to exist.
There is a plethora of terms in the mental health field that describe services that can be provided. Often the terms are used interchangeably, but in reality counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy as services have distinct functions from each other. I post this blog as a way of introducing our web site visitors to a new service that we are launching in 2017 now that it is the New Year!
Tywin is characterized by being ruthless, calculating, and cold; he easily intimidates those around him. Based off of the character history, I do not doubt that he has been a proven military leader and a strategist. He exhibits his prowess and his cunning as the Hand of the King to his grandson Joffrey.
Ramsay is the illegitimate son of Roose Bolton and a miller’s wife who he raped. All of his life, Ramsay has been reminded of his lower status, and treated poorly by his father. At almost every opportunity, Roose puts Ramsay down. While Roose acknowledges that Ramsay is his illegitimate son, the emphasis is typically on the “illegitimate” part.
Self-centeredness and arrogance, however, are the least of Joffrey’s mental health issues. The first true example of his most serious issue, antisocial personality disorder, comes to the fore when he basically orders the execution of the butcher’s son who was sparring with Arya (Sansa’s tomboyish younger sister), and accidentally hits Joffrey.
At first glance, it may appear as though Ned does not have any mental health issues, which is, by the way, one of the reasons why I think that people really like his character. Taking a slightly closer look, Ned is not really happy with his life, but he is content. He has learned to live with the fact that he must be the Lord of Winterfell, though it’s a position that he would rather not have, and wouldn’t have had if his older brother Brandon wasn’t killed.
King Robert presents with symptoms of depressive disorder, substance abuse disorder, personality disorder, and relationship distress with spouse. Additionally, King Robert is borderline delusional; he does not fully recognize that he is no longer the warrior that he once was, and while being king requires him to be superior to others, he also believes that he is superior in all ways.
Having been born in Japan and raised up in several countries such as Japan, U.S., England, and Thailand, the issue of multiculturalism has always revolved around me. This has been especially true since I started to live in the United States and particularly in NJ/NY area which is often times described as a “Melting pot” of the race, ethnicity, and culture.