Sean would be up next…but thanks to him already knowing what he is, and April announcing it, until I know more about how his version of psychopathy actually manifests, there’s not much more I can say other than “I concur.” (Thanks for stealing my moment, Sean.) And I already analyzed his covert narcissist complex a while ago. So…until there is more information, Sean. (And I hope there is soon. He’s playing his cards so close to the vest that I can’t even properly overanalyze him to Kingdom Come.)
(A) Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition characterized by difficulties regulating emotion. This means that people who experience BPD feel emotions intensely and for extended periods of time, and it is harder for them to return to a stable baseline after an emotionally triggering event. People with BPD experience wide mood swings and can display a great sense of instability and insecurity.
This difficulty can lead to impulsivity, poor self-image, stormy relationships and intense emotional responses to stressors. Struggling with self-regulation can also result in dangerous behaviors such as self-harm (e.g. cutting).
Per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual diagnostic framework, some key signs and symptoms may include (5+ Symptoms=Diagnosis: Sonya=8/10):
(1) frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
“Anything I can do to make friends, I’ll do it [including kill people]”
(2) unstable personal relationships that alternate between idealization (“I’m so in love!”) and devaluation (“I hate her”). This is also sometimes known as “splitting.”
As for idealization and devaluation, Sonya…in a single conversation, goes from devaluing the MC (“I fucked your ex, dumbass”) to idealizing them (saying she’s not good enough for them and begging them to forgive her).
(3) distorted and unstable self-image, which affects moods, values, opinions, goals and relationships.
I think we’ve all seen Sonya’s unstable self image-she begins the vacation happy and relatively confident, then by the time of her interview is going through a period of intense anxiety and self-hatred.
(4) impulsive behaviors (ex: excessive spending, unsafe sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, etc.)
(5) Self-harming behavior (often including suicidal threats or attempts).
(6) Periods of intense depressed mood, irritability or anxiety lasting a few hours to a few days.
Sonya’s behavior during her interview was her going through a period of intense anxiety and self-hatred. It’s intense, it’s extreme…and it passes completely by the time of your initiation. Her reaction to the MC refusing to tell her their thoughts about the trees is also rather extremely irritable (“Don’t tell me to calm down!”).
(7) Chronic feelings of boredom or emptiness.
Why she needs to leave a little piece of herself in everyone she meets and effect them-because she feels so empty inside. And bored…her relationships never last longer than a few months before she gets bored. And having regular sex isn’t enough for her anymore-she needs the wildest, kinkiest, most depraved sex known to mankind to feel excited. Yeah, she’s easily bored.
(8) Inappropriate, intense or uncontrollable anger—often followed by shame and guilt.
This is Sonya’s thought process when she kills someone. Just look at her thoughts when she hates the MC-she wants to torture and rape them to death. But during her interview, in some paths, she’ll admit that she’s sorry for all the people she killed.
(9) Stress-related paranoid thoughts.
(10) Severe cases of stress can lead to brief psychotic episodes.
One explanation for why Sonya seemed to be serious when she said she’d been to actual, literal Hell before.
(B) Histrionic Personality Disorder
Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is characterized by a long-standing pattern of attention seeking behavior and extreme emotionality. Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be the center of attention in any group of people, and they feel uncomfortable when they are not. While often lively, interesting, and sometimes dramatic, they have difficulty when people aren’t focused exclusively on them. People with this disorder may be perceived as being shallow, and may engage in sexually seductive or provocative behavior to draw attention to themselves. They often become depressed and upset when they are not the center of attention.
People with histrionic personality disorder may crave novelty, stimulation, and excitement and have a tendency to become bored with their usual routine. These individuals are often intolerant of, or frustrated by, situations that involve delayed gratification, and their actions are often directed at obtaining immediate satisfaction.
5+ Symptoms=Diagnosis (Sonya=6/8):
(1) uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention
Sonya? Uncomfortable when she’s not the center of attention? Naww. Lots of people steal your ex, and then every person you’re interested in because you’re not paying attention to them.
(2) inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior
Does this require any explanation? Triple-check.
(3) rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions
As I explained above, Sonya’s emotions are intense, but they shift so rapidly it’s insane. It’s particularly poignant if the MC says something horrible to Sonya during her interview…she appears 5 minutes later, completely recovered.
(4) consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to themselves
The over the top stereotypical “slut” wardrobe.
(5) style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail (ex: “That, was like, you know, like, so totally amazing!”)
(6) theatricality and exaggerated expression of emotion
Call her Gluttony. Watch what happens. And of course, everything about Sonya’s emotions I already talked about.
(7) highly suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances
Well, she was convinced to become the cult’s child prostitute at 12 (probably) and kill people. So…um, yeah.
(8) considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are
**Other-Not Quite a Disorder, Not Quite Not:
© Hypersexual/Hypersexual Disorder
Hypersexuals have a libido that is through the roof. Their thoughts and desires constantly revolve around sex, and the urge to have it is nearly impossible to satiate. To Sonya…do I even need to explain why this applies?