Dissociative Identity Disorder In Fight Club

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Fight Club tells the story of a man, who is dealing with insomnia, meets a girl through a support group and falls in love. Then he creates the identity of Tyler Durden, the two start a “fight club”, and The Narrator’s life comes spiraling down shortly after events unfold. While dealing with insomnia, The Narrator, who is also the main character of the movie, also develops dissociative identity disorder which in turn causes him to create the identity of Tyler, and paints a picture which depicts him as a real person, but actually it is all in his head. The DSM-5’s criteria for dissociative identity disorder begins as follows; “The defining feature of dissociative identity disorder is the presence of two or more distinct personality states or an experience of possession. The overtness or covertness of these personality states, however, varies as a function of psychological motivation, current level of stress, culture, internal conflicts and dynamics, and emotional resilience” (DSM-5). It is portrayed in the film that when The Narrator goes to sleep, he dissociates into the personality of Tyler. When watching the movie it is easy to see that because of his feelings of entrapment and living in such a materialistic culture, this caused him to stray away from the real world, and delve into a different state through Tyler and do all of these things that he couldn’t in real life. “Individuals with …show more content…
A few of these can be used to describe The Narrator such as dissociate. When he falls asleep in the movie, he “dissociates” into Tyler, and becomes that personality. He becomes a completely different person and separates from his original self completely. The term switch can also describe The Narrator because throughout the movie he “switches” to Tyler and brings him into situations which influences his