Joffrey is very much a product of his parents, who have the most dangerous combination of disorders in a couple: Borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder.
A Therapist Explains Why Everyone On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Has Serious Issues
Westeros is basically a living, breathing manual for mental illness.
by kat rosenfield 4/30/2015
If you watch “Game of Thrones,” you already know that Westeros isn’t exactly a hotbed of emotional stability or healthy relationships. And the reason why — apart from the fact that it makes for great drama — is that nearly everyone on the show suffers from major mental health issues.
From depression to delusion to various personality disorders, “Game of Thrones” is a veritable buffet of mental illness. And to help unravel the mysteries of our favorite characters’ weird, bad behaviors, MTV News called up Colleen Jordan, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), to get the scoop on just what’s going on in their pretty little heads.
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Jordan: Joffrey is very much a product of his parents, who have the most dangerous combination of disorders in a couple: Borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder. Borderlines and narcissists are attracted to each other, because the borderline wants to merge, have an identity, be safe and supported. And the narcissist needs someone to essentially worship them and provide them with validation. So the borderline’s fear and focus on abandonment actually feeds the narcissist.