MadMen

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In the past couple years I have become more and more interested in Psychology. It was something that I had only briefly studied in College and then it was something that I found interesting, but not scientific. I was wrong. Psychology is very scientific, and once I began to realize the that, the subject became extremely interesting to me.

Why certain people feel and think certain ways, and why others do not truly fascinates me. Why some people act the way they do and why others are afraid of this or that fascinates me more. And why people develop psychological disorders and how they act as a consequence fascinates me the most.

It is a whole world of knowledge that I have hardly studied and while it is not only interesting to learn about for its own sake, it is also deeply practical. As a very social person I find myself regularly meeting new people and making new friends. Being tuned to look for certain signs whether that be in body language, or in paying closer attention to what people say, allows me to understand who I am dealing with. This is important, because people are not always what they seem.

Take people with serious personality disorders such as Borderlines and Narcissists. At first glance and to the untrained eye these people might appear as passionate and self-confident, but the more you get to know them you will find it is anything but that.

This is what MadMen is about. Don Draper is the classic Narcissist. Maybe some people know it, but others do not. I have only finished episode two of season one, so I have a long way to go, but it is already apparent and what we are dealing with.

Draper is married with children but regularly spends flings with another woman who is not married and has no children. He seems caught between two polar opposite worlds and is not sure which one he wants to choose. Further he is extremely charming and is a very smart, if not the smartest, Ad executive who always finds a solution in the nick of time. There could be more women in the picture, and there likely are, I just have not gotten to those episodes yet.

But the writing is on the wall. Draper has not made his mind up on what happiness is yet. He seems to be juggling multiple ideas in the air and he does not want to drop a single ball. People in his life are already starting to feel the consequences of his presence, namely his wife who is appearing to lose control of her hands from time to time despite being in perfect physical health. Episode two just ended with Don talking to the Psychiatrist on the phone who observed many noticeable things, namely Draper’s wives removal of her expensive watch that Don had just bought her. These subconcious actions are helping reveal what is going on in the marriage.

I have a long way to go in this series as it is seven seasons, but suffice it to say that I am ready for the ride, and I am ready to enjoy watching this Narcissist.

 

-Nolan

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