Case Of O.J Simpson Essay

1371 words - 6 pages

Case Study: O.J Simpson
Jamie Berthelette
Psy/410
May 14, 2012
Lara Ashbaugh

Abstract
This paper will mention Orenthal James Simpson also known as O.J Simpson. He was a very famous football player since college and went onto the pros. He was a dedicated athlete, good father, and also a husband not once, but twice. There will be highlights from the horrific event that took place June 12, 1994. It is believed that O.J Simpson suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. Another issue that I feel O.J Simpson suffered from is Love Triangle Syndrome which explains why he acted, behaved at all times, and the way he was with Nicole Brown Simpson.

O.J Simpson was born July 9, ...view middle of the document...

It was when he met Nicole Brown did he really start to show his real self. He started seeing Nicole while he was still married to his first wife Marguerite who he divorced in 1980. He was always a ladies man and that did not change when he married Nicole Brown. He would still cheat on her all the time and there were many calls to the cops about abuse. Although there were never reports of any violence legally, there were more than enough phone calls to notice that something was wrong.

June 12, 1994 Sunday night Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, were brutally murdered at her home. There is no evidence that O.J killed them, but there was talk that a few weeks before the murders O.J and Nicole had been intimate with each other. He was under the impression that they were going to work things out and then he saw Ron with her and knew they were together. Needless to say O.J was never convicted of the two murders in criminal court, but he did have to pay the Goldman family $33.5 million in damages.

The behavioral, cognitive, and emotional components of Borderline Personality Disorder
consist of interpersonal dysfunction, issues with perception, issues with emotional reactivity,
including hyper-impulsivity, elevated reactions to emotional stimuli, and a biological
predisposition (Journal of Research in Personality, 2008). Maladaptive behaviors include
behavioral and emotional dysregulation (Linehan, 1993). Individuals with BPD typically respond
to an invalidating environment by becoming more emotionally vulnerable. Hence, the
importance to explain to clients during the onset of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)  that
the causes for their disorder are coming from two areas, one is a biological/or brain chemistry
imbalance, and the other is an emotional response to the invalidating environment they live in.

As a result they display a heightened sensitivity to emotional stimuli followed by dysregulation
of behaviors. Their perception of emotion can become extremely intense and may include
behaviors that are difficult to control to the point of impaired functioning.  If we look at the
Emotional Cascade model we can see the role that rumination and chaotic relationships play in
increasing anger that can result in control problems.  Feelings of being alone, being a failure and
criticism by others perhaps in this case (his wife), as well as his constant rumination on the
negative can all be triggers to the Emotional Cascade which can can result in self harm or
suicidal behaviors, (DSM-IV 1994), or more extreme changes such as hostility, or becoming
fearful and feeling sad, Trull at al. (2008).  The cognitive aspects of BPD are in the rumination
on the negative which only magnifies it, Thomsen, 2006.  Anger and depression become worse
and my result in drug or alcohol use as a way of self-medicating and avoidance.  We can also see
increased incidences of reckless driving, threatening, pleading...

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