- THE SET UP: ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA
- ACTING OUT: ITERATIONS OF THIS THEME DURING LATER LIFE
- The Love Triangle Trigger
- Trigger in Which the Female Antisocial Acts the Role of the Adolescent
- Trigger in Which the Female Antisocial Acts the Role of the Mother
Here is a case study of a female antisocial, a ‘femme fatale’, that I ran across on the psy plane.
THE SET UP
The psy story is that of a beautiful but profligate woman who had an issue of severe psychological trauma at the age of 16.
- The psy story is that rivalry develops between the adolescent daughter and her mother. There is a demand that the daughter dress modestly. The daughter rebels, has an affair with the father, and is made pregnant by him. The mother gives the baby away, and puts her daughter in foster care. The daughter sends a boyfriend to physically emasculate the father, whom the daughter thinks of as her husband.
- There’s a variant of this clair story to the effect that the daughter induces her dad to murder her mom, then emasculates her dad, then spends time in 5 or 6 foster homes, where she couldn’t stop talking about killing.
ACTING OUT: ITERATIONS OF THIS THEME DURING LATER LIFE
This female antisocial said, on the clair plane, that she has been killing ever since the adolescent incident. By that she might mean, mostly, that she has been getting the many lovers that she has had, to kill for her.
The Love Triangle Trigger
In the acting out of an early childhood or else an early adulthood instance of severe psychological trauma, an iteration of the original traumatic event can be triggered by incidents in many ways dissimilar to the original episode, but with one ‘trigger’ event that starts the acting out behavior.
Let’s say, in the above case, that the trigger might be any situation in which the female antisocial feels there is ‘another woman’. Thus, for the trigger, she will need to be in sexual relationship with a man who has a sexual relationship with another woman. In other words, whether or not true, there must be a perception of a love triangle. This I term the Love Triangle Trigger.
Trigger in Which the Female Antisocial Acts the Role of the Adolescent
Here’s an expectable instance that might trigger acting out: She meets a man who is in relationship with another woman. She has an affair with him. He is enthralled. She lets him know she won’t have sex with him again unless he kills the other woman. He procrastinates. On the next date, he says he can’t bring himself to murder his ex. The female antisocial cuts his penis off.
Trigger in Which the Female Antisocial Acts the Role of the Mother
Here’s an instance of a trigger for the same woman, that is more of a stretch of the imagination. The femme fatale conceives a child. As she has multiple sex partners, she is unsure of the father. She marries one of her sex partners before the child, a little girl, is born.
This, then sets the stage for a possible future ‘love triangle’ … as, despite the age disparity with the early adolescent trio, there are nevertheless two women … the female antisocial mother, the daughter, and the husband-father, potentially vying for one man’s affections.
When the child is about ready to enter elementary school, there is a mishap with an unrelated child molester, through whom the child contracts HIV. The father notices his daughter is in trouble, and tries to help her psychologically through a loving sexual act with his daughter. The mother finds them in the act of sex.
At that moment, the daughter became the ‘other woman’ in the female antisocial’s eyes. Worse yet, she is thrust into a rerun of the original traumatic scenario, with herself cast in the role of the mother she hated.
She takes out life insurance on her husband, and takes him to court for child molestation. The court rules he can’t have visits with his child. In despair, he kills himself.
The female antisocial can no longer stand the sight of her child. There are two psy stories about this:
- One is rather dramatic: The female antisocial gives the child to the unrelated child molester, who murders her so as not to be responsible for the cost of medical care for the HIV she contracted from him.
- The other is much milder: The female antisocial gives the child to her husband’s father, who lives far away.
What I find fascinating about these stories is the Love Triangle Trigger, and how disparate the two acting out instances are, aside from that one element, the love triangle, that they have in common.
It’s also interesting to me, that the one woman, who sustained severe psychological trauma in the adolescent event, might in later life act out either the child’s role or the mother’s role from the original drama.
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Link: “Fatal Attraction,” a 1987 film, in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_Attraction ..
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