In perhaps the single most famous anime of all time, we witness Light Yagami descend down into madness and darkness over his actions and beliefs that he has the power and initiative to save the world, from his own perspecive (mind you), from all evil and wrongs that can be simply manifested as other humans who have done horribly wrong through vicious and evil crimes such as murderer. Light becomes, with the help of the infamous Death Note: Judge, Jury, Law, Executioner and Justice All roles a *God* fulfills, through power What happened to Light when God Complexity struck him? Or mental disorders in general?
This is a small taste of what I'll tackle in the "Season 2" of *Why anime?* where more focus on anime itself is going to be key and more analysis one certain stuff which might interest you all! I would also like to add that I am no expert in the field of psychology nor do I have any formal training or education within the study. What I am about to take up are mere comparisons and suggestions over that Light Yagami might have more than what we've come to know as a "God Complex" and several different real mental disorders are mentioned and used. I am merely an entertainer and an info-writer, not a psychiatrist
What is God Complex?
While there are several different definitions following a similar pattern for the definition, the one most suitable here would be: "A person is who is said to have a "God complex", does not believe he is god, but acts so arrogantly that he might as well believe he is God or appointed to act by God." - urbandictionary.com God Complex is not a clinically diagnosed term or disorder, but rather a term used to describe a subject's behaviour and emotional core. There are many reasons why one could be described with having God Complex, but in its core, the subject believes that their opinions and actions are unquestionable and correct through personal and authouritarian right, often through power. This means that even when presented with irrefutable evidence, paradoxal problems or impossible tasks, the subject's opinions remain the same, unable to see the error or even the possibility of failure in actions or cause. One with God Complex might exhibit patterns and behaviours of demand from society as though privileged to it in the first place. Fits someone well? Well, there's more... Much, much more...
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Upon finding the Notebook itself and realising the potential and the power it holds, the subject immediately exhibit signs of: - Messiah Complex - Grandiose delusions - Bipolar disorder & Schizophrenia - Hubris The Messiah Complex is immediately added even before the first episode truly ended, as so with Grandiose Delusions. The Messiah Complex is (like God Complex) not a defined syndrome or diagnosable disorder, but one which someone could describe someone to be of. The Complex states that the subject is in a state of mind that he/she is or is destined to be a savior. With the Messiah Complex, Grandiose delusions are also added as the subject speaks of ridding the world of all evil and becoming the new God of the world. Grandiose delusions is self-explanatory, one who has future plans that seem too big for their personal intervention to take on. Light also displays acts of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. This further supports the fact that Light has Grandiose delusions, as half or more cases of BD or Schizophrenia who has Gd as well. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder in which the subject is unable or fails to understand reality and are characterized with abnormal social behaviour. Bipolar Disorder is a mental disorder characterized by periods of deep depression or in other cases, extreme elevated mood (just like Light in his highs of power). It is important to note that Light does *not* show signs or symptoms of Split Personality Disorder, as it would change basically most of the Complexities and descriptions Light now has. Split Personality Disorder means that he can be seen as two people, often with opposite behaviours to each other. How do we know that? Well, the SPD would be determined as Light displays (to the other people around him) to be a model student, caring and good-willingly smart. And that later, when he is in the presence of the Death Note, Light becomes the cruel anti-hero we all know and love. This is...wrong. What we see Light doing during the day-light is a play, a show (of course...). His personality is still intact in whatever situation he may be in and no occurence of SPD occurs. Note that everything here is Light's *general* psychological profile. After he loses and regains his memories, the diagnosises either remain the same or a change is too small to notice, meaning that the period of amnesia, Light's God Complex psychological profile does not apply there, as his true personality is only unlocked by the Death Note, either by its power or by its rules. The last part, Hubris, can simply be described as an irrational sense of pride. This can mean several things, as pride often becomes something which can define and fuel a subject's motives and reasonings, and even actions in many cases, often violent. Hubris can first be seen when L taunts him indirectly through the Japanese Television in order for Light to display and show his power, a mistake on Light's part. Light picks up his pen and in anger wants L dead for taunting "the new God".
But perhaps, the biggest one Light Yagami has is...
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Here's Wikipedia.org's definition of NPD: "Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and often others. [...] It is estimated that this condition affects one percent of the population, with rates greater for men [...] and is a form of severe egocentrism" Light perfectly fits this actual disorder, as one develops this as well with a strong need for admiration but lacks the ability to feel empathy. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders even note *all* of Light's traits in their nine traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder: 1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements) 2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. 3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions). 4. Requires excessive admiration. 5. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations. 6. Is inter-personally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends. 7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others. 8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her. 9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
Have we gotten ourselves a conclusion of the insane man known as Light Yagami?
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