Breaking Bad Character Analysis: Walter White | Mental Health & Personality

Breaking Bad Character Analysis: Walter White | Mental Health & Personality

This video answer the question: Can I analyze the mental health and personality characteristics of Walter White from Breaking Bad?

There are two types of psychopathy: Factor 1 (primary, interpersonal affective) and Factor 2 (lifestyle, antisocial) psychopathy. Factor 1 psychopathy has characteristics like grandiosity, pathological lying, manipulation, a superficial charm, callous, unemotional, low neuroticism and lack of guilt or remorse. Factor 2 psychopathy has a parasitic lifestyle, being prone to boredom, sensation seeking, impulsivity, irresponsibility, a failure to have long term goals, poor behavioral controls, and criminal versatility.


There are two types of narcissism: With grandiose narcissism we see characteristics like being extroverted, socially bold, self-confident, having a superficial charm, being resistant to criticism, and being callous and unemotional. Vulnerable narcissism is characterized by shame, anger, aggression, hypersensitivity, a tendency to be introverted, defensive, avoidant, anxious, depressed, socially awkward, and shy.

Antisocial Personality Disorder criteria:
1. Repeated unlawful behaviors
2. Consistent deceitfulness
3. Impulsivity, poor planning
4. Aggressiveness, physical fights
5. Reckless disregard for safety
6. Consistent irresponsibility
7. Lack of remorse

Narcissistic Personality Disorder criteria
1. Grandiose sense of importance
2. Grandiose fantasies
3. Special, “high-status”
4. Requires excessive admiration
5. Sense of entitlement
6. Interpersonally exploitative
7. Lacks empathy for others
8. Often envious
9. Arrogant attitudes or behaviors

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