A Psychologist Diagnoses Some Game of Thrones Characters

A lead psychologist made a podcast diagnosing game of thrones characters as though they were patients at his clinic. For example, he diagnosed Ramsay Bolton and King Joffrey with forms of sadism disorders, and Theon Greyjoy with Stockholm Syndrome.

The Podcast

Doctor Kirk Honda, a psychologist who specializes in family and marriage relations, and hosts a”Pyschology in Seattle,”a podcast about his field, made a segment diagnosing characters from the famous show “Game of Thrones,”as though they were his patients.

He emphasized that although no psychiatrist or psychologist could diagnose people without meeting them, he decided to take a shot given what we already know of the characters through the books and the TV series.

Other than his podcast, Honda also shared some of his diagnoses with the Business Insider.

Some of His Diagnoses

On Ramsay Bolton, Honda said: “In my opinion, Ramsay has sexual sadism disorder along with sadistic personality disorder…since he demonstrates marked pleasure and complete lack of remorse from the suffering of others.”

He said that this may be because of “his biological inheritance from Roose Bolton, who also exhibited significant psychopathic behaviour, particularly before Ramsay was born, and Ramsay’s difficult childhood.”

Honda diagnosed King Joffrey with tyrannical sadism- a particular form of sadistic personality disorder. This is because of his ability to relish in “verbally and physically harming and abusing others with his power.”

He thinks this may be due to “abuse from his father, distant mother, trauma from parental conflict and violence, looking like a girl and being teased — a detail that’s in the books — inbreeding, mother drinking while pregnant, being told he’s better than others, and poor parenting.”

He explained, however, that Joffrey is a minor, and therefore such diagnosis can only really apply to adults, whose personalities have completely formed.

Honda said that Queen Cersei Lannister’s diagnosis is not as straightforward. This is due to “her position as a female in a highly patriarchal society.”She was abused and marginalized by her husband and father when as a child, and “is surrounded by a context that values power, specifically royal power, so her psychopathic behavior could be a result of circumstances and culture, rather than personality,” he said.

He said her anti-social acts, unlike Joffrey and Ramsay, are “instrumental in gaining power and could be considered acts of survival, from her perspective.”

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