Snow day! Which means I had time to do this!
Now for the character who seems hell-bent on proving me wrong about how nobody is just evil…McCready. (shakes head) What is wrong with him? So, SO much.
(1) Sadistic Personality Disorder
The sadist derives pleasure from harming or humiliating others. Abusiveness and violence are common in the sadist’s social relationships. There are similarities between SPD and psychopathy and sociopathy, however, psychopaths and sociopaths do not generally hurt others just for pleasure.
Interesting Side Note: Sadists are not NECESSARILY incapable of empathy and/or compassion. If one is incapable, it means they have another disorder in addition to sadism. Hence, McCready can genuinely empathize with and show compassion for an MC who just killed Gary, and still enjoy beating the crap out of the MC whenever whenever they give him half an excuse (and sometimes when they don’t even give him that).
Common Symptoms (5+=Diagnosis):
McCready=7/8 Symptoms=Very, Very Diagnosed
- has used physical cruelty or violence for the purpose of establishing dominance in a relationship (not merely to achieve some noninterpersonal goal, such as striking someone in order to rob him or her)
-every time he beats Jack
-beating the MC with a Bible during his interview…and giving a worse beating if they dare to question him
humiliates or demeans people in the presence of others
has treated or disciplined someone under his or her control unusually harshly, e.g., a child, student, prisoner, or patient
-beating his prisoner with a Bible for no reason but fun
- amused by, or takes pleasure in, the psychological or physical suffering of others
-the sadistic way he kills the MC only if Jack likes them (physically torturing the MC and psychologically torturing Jack all in one go)
-outright admits he’ll enjoy hurting the MC if they talk back during his interview
- has lied for the purpose of harming or inflicting pain on others (not merely to achieve some other goal)
-every lie he’s ever told to keep his serial killing a secret
-his part in organizing the “vacation”
- gets other people to do what her or she wants by frightening them (through intimidation or even terror)
-scaring the crap out of the MC if one he dislikes expresses interest in Sonya
-beating the MC with that Bible
-nearly every interaction he has with Jack
- restricts the autonomy of people with whom he or she has a close relationship
-restricts Sonya’s dating life
-the self professed leader and “father” of the cult (…at least in his own mind.)
-thinks its his responsibility to discipline & keep everyone in the Family in line
- fascinated by violence, weapons, martial arts, injury, or torture
I can’t be 100% sure if he’s actually fascinated by these things yet…but I suspect.
(2) Delusional Disorder (Persecutory & Jealous Type)
Delusional disorder is characterized by the presence of either bizarre or non-bizarre delusions which have persisted for at least one month. Non-bizarre delusions typically are beliefs of something occurring in a person’s life which is not out of the realm of possibility (ex: All women are whores who’d cheat on you as soon as look at you). Delusions are deemed bizarre if they are clearly implausible (ex: The devil makes me kill all those people in the most horrible ways I…ahem, HE, can think of).
McCready’s Subtypes (for there are many in this disorder):
Persecutory Type: delusions that the individual (or someone to whom the person is close) is being malevolently treated in some way.
-The devil makes me kill all those people in the most horrible ways I…ahem, HE, can think of.
Jealous Type: delusions that the individual’s sexual partner is unfaithful.
-All women are whores who’d cheat on you as soon as look at you.
(3) Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Criterion A: The occurrence of discrete episodes of failure to resist aggressive impulses that result in serious violent acts or destruction of property.
Criterion B: The degree of aggressiveness expressed during an episode is grossly out of proportion to any provocation or precipitating psychosocial stressor.
The individual may describe the aggressive episodes as “spells” or “attacks” in which the explosive behavior is preceded by a sense of tension or arousal and is followed immediately by a sense of relief. Later the individual may feel upset, remorseful, regretful, or embarrassed about the aggressive behavior.
Basically, this disorder is severe anger issues. McCready, Jack, the MC’s Father, Adam, and Mike all have it. You’ve probably known at least 1 person who has it in your RL-it’s pretty common, like how you’ve probably known someone with ADHD.
(4) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is serious mental illness characterized by symptoms of avoidance and nervous system arousal after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. While often experienced by people who serve in combat military operations, PTSD is also regularly seen in other types of trauma too, ranging from automobile accidents and injuries, to rape and abuse.
Intrusive thoughts or memories
Nightmares related to the traumatic event
Flashbacks, feeling like the event is happening again
Psychological and physical reactivity to reminders of the traumatic event, such as an anniversary
Avoiding thoughts or feelings connected to the traumatic event
Avoiding people or situations connected to the traumatic event
Memory problems that are exclusive to the event
Negative thoughts or beliefs about one’s self or the world
Distorted sense of blame for one’s self or others, related to the event
Being stuck in severe emotions related to the trauma (e.g. horror, shame, sadness)
Severely reduced interest in pre-trauma activities
Feeling detached, isolated or disconnected from other people
Irritability, increased temper or anger
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Being easily startled
It’s too soon for me to say exactly what symptoms McCready has. (Well okay, I can say for certain that he has “increased temper or anger.” McCready said himself that the military made his already-existing anger issues even worse.) But in some branches of his interview conversation, he seems to be having a flashback mid-interview of his wartime trauma, and the way he talks about it makes it really clear that he was seriously messed up by whatever he saw and/or did.