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Possible Psychological disorders Heathcliff portrays and how?

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leahahickman | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 26, 2010 at 12:34 PM via web

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Possible Psychological disorders Heathcliff portrays and how?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 26, 2010 at 1:06 PM (Answer #1)

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Heathcliff is classic anti-social personality disorder. 

·      Heathcliff demonstrates lack of concern for conventional laws and feels that social restrictions and boundaries do not apply to him. 

·     He repeatedly violates the rights of others by treating Hindley, his son Linton, his wife Isabella, and anyone he chooses badly. 

·      He is abusive to his wife and son. 

·      He demonstrates no remorse at harming others.

·     He is easily agitated.

·     He has poor or limited relationships with others.

·     He is controlling and manipulative.

·     He uses charm and wit to manipulate others (Isabella into marrying him)

·     He has relationship difficulties.

·     Social isolation issues are present as Heathcliff rarely associates with others.

"Definition of anti-social disorder: Antisocial personality disorder is a type of chronic mental illness in which your ways of thinking, perceiving situations and relating to others are dysfunctional. When you have antisocial personality disorder, you typically have no regard for right and wrong. You may often violate the law and the rights of others, landing yourself in frequent trouble or conflict. "

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM (Answer #2)

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People such as Heathcliffe, the character in the novel 'Wuthering Heights' by author Emily Bronte, cannot be judged by the same criteria as the ordinary citizen who has enjoyed a life free from cruel treatment and financial privation. One has to look behind the superficial to see the root cause for Heathcliffe's personality disorder/madness. He can not show real unselfish unpossessive love towards another human being because he has not experienced it himself. He has attachment issues because his need to survive at any cost will not let him trust or go of people or things permanently. He is unable to experience empathy because his need to survive at any cost drove out the ability and space in his soul for other people and he had no example - the only man who showed him care died so he has abandonment issues as well. He seems pathological.

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