King Lear Psychological Study

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Name: Lear, King of Great Britain (1600’s)
Country Court: Canada
Claimant Solicitor: Dr. Andrea Rico
Reference No: 123456789
Report Dated: April 3rd, 2013.

1 INTRODUCTION

I am Dr Andrea Rico. I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist from the University of Toronto. My specialist field is psychological trauma. I have worked in this area for over 12 years.

This case concerns a series of events dated back to the 8th Century B.C in which the claimant allegedly suffered numerous emotional and physical injuries. The following is a detailed description of King Lear’s case in order to determine if further psychological therapies or treatments are needed.

History/Past Profile:
Lear is an elderly man. He belongs in the English royal family therefore he ruled the kingdom for a long time. His age has affected severely his physical and mental well being thus he proposes to divide his power and kingdom among his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. “To shake all cares and business from our age, conferring them on younger strengths “ (I i41-42) However, Lear’s decision to not serve as a king until his death, is a direct violation against the fundamentals of “the Great Chain of Being” and as a consequence, this always brings chaos and tragedy to the people that are involved. Lear has always had a strong support system to assist him during his reign; however, his childlike, arrogant and stubborn personality has led him to destroy many of his important family and social bonds. In order to determine who will inherit his sovereignty, he calls for a contest in which his father-daughter bond is measure by how much love is proclaimed. “Tell me my daughters, which of you shall we doth love us most” (I i53). Lear is a very emotionally attached person and this ultimately affects the decisions that he makes. Lear was easily touched and persuaded by 2…...

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