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Imaginary Companion and Dissociative Identity Disorder in The Perfect Host Film

Mirta Dwi Hardini

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ABSTRACT

 

Hardini, M. D. 2016. Imaginary Companion and Dissociative Identity Disorder in The Perfect Host Film. Thesis. Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang. Advisor I: Dr. Johannes Ananto Prayogo, M.Pd., M.Ed., Advisor II: Inayatul Fariha, S.S., M.A.

 

Keywords: imaginary companion, dissociative identity disorder, psychoanalysis, personality

 

Film reflects human’s everyday life while the analysis of the film enables the researcher to figure out different phenomena in society. DID, an abbreviation for Dissociative Identity Disorder, is one phenomenon which commonly occurs in society. Through the analysis of The Perfect Host film, the researcher relates the Imaginary Companion with DID. Due to the fact that these two phenomena are rather ubiquitous in society, finding the relation between these two phenomena will be pretty much essential to raise awareness of the Imaginary Companion and Dissociative Identity Disorder phenomena among society. Therefore, the main objective of this research is to prove that Imaginary Companion could be one of the symptoms to suffer from DID.

Qualitative approach along with Imaginary Companion, Dissociative Identity Disorder, psychoanalysis approach and Abraham Maslow’s theory of personality present the theoretical frameworks of this research. All of these theories are used to assess to what extent the phenomenon of Imaginary Companion could be one of the symptoms to suffer from DID. The researcher used The Perfect Host film as the source of data with focus on the main character, Warwick Wilson.

The findings showed that the functions of Warwick’s imaginary companion are as reflection, way of achieving desires and needs, and the fragments of his personality. The findings also revealed that Warwick’s imaginary companion internalized within his original personality and caused him to dissociate which marks one of DID symptoms. Furthermore, the imaginary companions represent the fragments of Warwick’s personalities and resemble them as alter-personalities. Therefore, the main character of The Perfect Host film, Warwick Wilson, supports the researcher’s argument that imaginary companion could be one of the symptoms to suffer from DID.

Conducting a psychoanalysis research on The Perfect Host film gives an overview on how two different yet interconnected phenomena of Imaginary Companion and Dissociative Identity Disorder are linked and related. Theoretically, this research is expected to able to prove that Imaginary Companion could be a symptom to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder as represented through the main character in the film. Practically, this research is expected to raise awareness among society regarding the phenomena which commonly occur in society. The last but not least, for the future researcher, this research is expected to able to be one of the pioneer references for broader and further analysis topics.