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Dream or Reality David suffers from schizophrenia brought on by his cut-short childhood loneliness the tension formed due to his questionable relationship with Julie and eventually his terrible disfigurement Using Freuds definition of schizophrenia David has escaped to an early and secure possibly childish state of psychological development due to the unbearable stress and conflict that surrounds him The id as proposed by Freud is the innermost core of the personality Psychology-Frontiers and Applications Under normal circumstances it has no direct contact with reality because it seeks only immediate gratification or release regardless of rational considerations and environmental realities In other words What it wants it takes By degrading to this early stage of development David has reduced his minds control of the release of the id causing his perspective of the world to become wildly warped A drunken driver killed both of Davids parents when he was very young removing a large part of the psychological influence which controls the development of a child The loss of his mother of whom he was obviously fond must have surely been a terrible blow However the loss of his father may have been far greater in affecting Davids later actions and decisions In his fathers biography David is mentioned only once and in passing The relationship suggested by this oversight is one of possible rivalry disappointment and unfulfilled expectations It is possible that Mr Aames believed David unable to successfully run his company and David has spent the majority of his life attempting to prove wrong that idea Davids failure to resolve his emotional problems concerning his dad is a source of great anxiety and grief for David Despite the people whom he surrounds himself with David is unable to identify with his friends until he meets Sophia in whom he sees a compassionate soul reminding David of his own mother whom he lost early in his life Davids previous rivalry and unhappiness with
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