Sunday, June 29, 2014
Statement Analysis, Hollywood and Mental Health in Language
Does the language of Marilyn Monroe reveal childhood abuse?
Did Marilyn Monroe suffer from a dissociative disorder?
Was she abused in childhood?
If so, is it in the language?
What about other Hollywood types?
Does it show up in language?
Could therapists benefit from Statement Analysis training in diagnosing? What about counselors, teachers, and others who rely upon language to assist in life?
I'm not a fan of Hollywood gossip, other than it reveals human nature. Kaaryn Gough has said she finds it demeaning to the dignity of Statement Analysis. That's not an argument I'd oppose her upon, as I do not wish to trivialize our principles with short, and sometimes even foolish, self serving statements from gossip columns.
For those of you who do read such things, please keep a few tips in mind. These tips may actually prove useful, as you become adept at spotting certain things, in 'real life' scenarios.
For those uninterested in the gossip pages, there are lessons still to be gleaned.
First, however, I have a theory on the profession of acting. This will likely tweak the nose of a few readers, but some of you may find it interesting.
I openly wonder if successful actors have a form of personality disorder known as "Dissociative Disorder" is one of its varied forms.
I once read a study that concluded that an overwhelming number of Hollywood personalities suffer, in some form, from Dissociative Disorder.
Dissociative Disorder (DD) can be caused in childhood by childhood abuse, where the victim "disassociates" herself from the abuse and the abuser. I have done extensive research on childhood sexual abuse and it makes sense.
The child of three, for example, who is being sexually abused, is in a most horrific state:
1. The abuser is likely someone she has not only trusted, but has been created to trust.
2. The abuser is doing something to her that she does not understand.
3. The abuser's actions may not be painful, but actually pleasurable, causing a confusion in the brain that can never be rectified.
4. The abuser may be imprinting (depending upon the age of the victim) patterns that will last a lifetime.
5. The victim will suffer for the rest of her life, along with every single person who loves her. The collateral damage is acute and broad.
While being abused, the victim learns to think of something else until it is over, as the brain
must shut itself down in order to survive this unnatural, evil activity.
As an adult, we hear this in the language, with the victim using words like "floating" (this is very common) and "watching" the abuse.
This little three year old is now many times more likely to:
a. use drugs
b. become promiscuous
c. abuse alcohol
d. self abuse
f. poor grades
g. illegal behavior
is many times more likely to attempt suicide.
These are stats. I use stats in language, as readers know, to guide me to "likely" positions. This is where the Statement Analyst's conclusion shines, as the stats, step by step, guide him.
Back to DD.
This ability to disassociate herself from the abuser, especially when practiced in such a young age, becomes something the brain can do, for some, at will.
Hollywood is a vile, disgusting place where many talented, but wicked individuals, exploit one another for their own personal gain. One is "in" one day, and "out" the next. The exploitation is seemingly unbearable, yet every day, thousands of young people show up at studios for a shot at fame. The "reality" TV shows appear quite popular, though they have little connection with reality, themselves. Individuals appear willing to do anything for a moment of fame before a camera.
Granted, some behavior is explicitly done for media attention. When a young woman from New York City goes to a NY Mets game, and lifts up her shirt to expose her breasts, while giving herself a ridiculous name ("gaga"), she is doing something most of us would not do. She cares only that she will be on the news, to help her singing career. It is not her voice that she was exposing. It was her breasts, which will, with age, change. This is why the word "vanity" is often interpreted as "passing away", or "lacking permanence."
Yet, the John Belushi's who abuse their own bodies and destroy themselves through substance abuse, gluttony, and a self destructive lifestyle, tell us that not all bad behavior is for show.
Over the years, I have read biographies of a few actors, including Cary Grant, Bob Hope, John Wayne...the stars of my parents' generation, of whom I grew to love watching.
Reading their own statements, however, is far more eye opening.
Think of what an actor does for a living.
"John Wayne, American hero."
Why is John Wayne an "American hero"? What has he done? Specifically, what has he done that was "heroic"?
I love some of his movies. I think he and Patricia Neal were one thing, while he and Maureen O'Hara, in "The Quiet Man" were amazing.
But, what has John Wayne done?
He simply pretended to be someone else.
This is what actors do.
Recently, someone paid $2,000,000 dollars for a handwritten manuscript of a song from Bob Dylan.
2 million dollars for a piece of paper with song lyrics. As a Bob Dylan fan, I would not have paid $10 for it on ebay, unless, of course, I believed it would increase in value.
2 million dollars.
Do you really think that 50 years from now it will be of any value?
Imagine someone spending a fortune on a piece of paper written 50 years ago by Cole Porter.
Would anyone today even recognize the song, no less who Cole Porter was?
Dylan said, of the song, that it was basically a bunch of song titles he had in his head that he wrote down and put into one complete song.
Two million dollars?
The public likes to part with money, just ask Charlie Rogers. There sometimes appears little discernment. Recently, the public was petitioning (and fund raising) for a father who is now accused of deliberately locking his son in his vehicle in order to end his son's life.
Can you get a refund?
They pretend to be someone else, with so much skill, that they make a fortune doing so. In a sense, they are liars.
Now, think of the "casting couch" renown of Hollywood.
How did the Myrna Loys, Barbara Stanwicks, Heddy LaMars, and others of Hollywood's Golden Age (the 1930's) survive such indignities at the hands (and bodies) of sleazy producers, owners, directors, etc?
Why does it seem that the profession of acting produces so much substance abuse?
Why does it seem that the profession of acting produces so many suicides?
What happened to "Norma Jean"?
I think that the study that found that many actors have DD is not only on the right path, but I think it may be more than even the study suggested. I think that to, professionally, "become" someone else, may be rooted in childhood abuse.
Remember "Lie To Me" highlighted that many abused children learn to read faces, hence, pick out liars, because they had to, via survival? The "natural" or "truth wizard" character had been abused in childhood, hence, she learned to quickly read a change in the face (micro expression).
I think there's some truth in this, while avoiding the "truth wizard" claims, for now.
If you love old movies, don't read accounts of their lives. Perversion, gluttony, cheapness, prejudice, and a trail of broken lives will only ruin the movie watching experience for you. Heather has repeatedly said, "Don't tell me! Just let me think Monty Wooley is a kind hearted professor" in "The Bishop's Wife" so she can enjoy it each Christmas.
Bing Crosby using his son's head as a punching bag, or Bob Hope making his maid bend over to pick up a dollar...
or how about this?
An actor plays a role that is "socially responsible" and suddenly, the one who "faked" being a ______, suddenly is in the news campaigning as an "expert" in this or that "socially responsible" cause. Due to the recognition of his face, he may even get an audience in the United Nations, or in the White House.
Yet, he is no expert. He has not lived it. He pretended to, and pretended with enough skill that audiences believed it.
These "heroes" produce nothing. They do not find cures, nor do they feed the masses.
Remember the actor who went to New Orleans to "save the black children" on a boat, but the boat sank because he had too many cameras and too many cameramen to film him? There was no room for children, black or white, in his boat. It produced more than a few chuckles, but it highlights just how delusional one can be.
I liked "Marley and Me", the movie about the yellow lab from Hades. The star, making millions, with a face recognizable all over the globe, made an attempt on his life. The few quotes I read told me that it was not a publicity stunt.
How terribly sad. How terribly tragic.
Marilyn Monroe was passed from man to man, beginning with a man who her mother brought into the house, who sexually abused her in childhood. She seemed to have found relief in pretending to be someone else.
The language she used is strange, but indicative of childhood abuse.
She did not get to see her children's children at Christmas time.
What to look for?
1. Note Passivity
Why? Why would passivity be important?
Recognize that when a Hollywood or celebrity personality is speaking, the information may likely not only be deceptive, but deliberate.
Deliberate? Why would a celeb deliberately give out information that is humiliating or degrading?
Passivity is often used to conceal identity or responsibility in statements. Sometimes this is necessary (medical professions have to speak without revealing identity of patients)
What does Kim Kardashian do for a living? She walks around NYC trying to get someone to take a picture of her rear end. She produces nothing. She does not contribute to life. Why someone would care about her rear end isn't a puzzle I can solve. This reminds me to remind you, if you are one to read the quotes:
2. Go to the Least Common Denominator (LCD)
Human behavior will go to great lengths for the fulfillment of "self" more than anything else. Stretching the points of history is an example of how far a thief will go to disguise his intentions. This can be individualistic, or it can be the spirt of larceny in a nation, as seen in its elected official, who is doing the thievery on a larger scale.
Dylan: "What was Hitler thinking with that mustache!"
I've read some things about the wearing of a gas mask but even if that was the origin, self promotion seems more likely as Hitler spent time in front of the mirror. Whatever the reason, it was something that people noticed.
Cassius Clay, the boxer, was genius at self promotion. The more people hated him the more people paid to go see him. The context of some of his quotes will help you in analysis.
I hate to take away enjoyment of the "Andy Hardy" movies, but was there a more immoral abuser of women than Mickey Rooney, the "beloved" "American icon" of children's stories? For every one Shirley Temple (who seemed to survive), there appears to be 100 Mickey Rooneys.
What of the accounts of Elvis Presley's depravity, with local mothers bringing their virgin daughters to him, in between half-pound butter and banana sandwiches? What was it inside of him that desired to humiliate innocence? Worse, what was within these mothers?
Can you listen to the language, with the possible context of least common denominator, in mind?
I spoke to a man who's business partner was approached by a Hollywood mother from hell, who's teenaged daughter with lots of talent, was fearful of the "casting couch" that awaited her. The mother paid a camera man to "break in" her daughter, and desensitize her to the "inevitables" that her daughter would have to overcome to be a star. The account was credible, but it was not unique.
We analyzed the account of Woody Allen's daughter.
She was truthful about the sexual abuse. It was in her language.
This is something that you might want to consider about DD:
Those suffering from various dissociative disorders can sometimes mimic sociopathic behavior. They can, at times, appear to be utterly calloused towards the suffering of others.
I once interviewed a woman about this very point. I asked her how she had the ability to not share a single tear over the heartache she inflicted upon a close loved one.
She said that she simply disassociated from it, as she had done since childhood, to the point where "it did not exist" as if it "never happened,"
This is from a 1962 article on Marilyn Monroe. Those who exploited her kept her silence by medical restraint.
They drugged her into compliance. You can read the article, but better, listen to the words she herself chooses.
What questions would you ask her?
There are signals in the language that may suggest the mental illness that would later surface, be medicated back down, only to rise again, until suicide finished her off.
Note that some words have been emphasized to assist. Note "raw" and "human nature", and design questions you would ask, (LCD that she refers to)