Vol 4 No 1 (2013)

Michael Jackson: Was He the Man in the Mirror?

Stephanie Brunner
Zeugen by Morgan Rauscher
Published May 28, 2013


In analyzing Michael Jackson and his personal history, it could be said he was a man suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Michael Jackson was indicative of how influential the scientific psychiatric community, and by extension, the DSM-IV-TR, is on the medical profession and society. In analyzing Michael Jackson’s responses given in various interviews, it became increasingly evident that had the impact of childhood trauma and loneliness been expounded upon in the DSM-IV-TR as it relates specifically to Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the diagnostic features more concise rather than fuzzy and overlapping, and how important it is to know and understand the truth about one’s personal history, Michael Jackson would have been understood and perceived differently. In essence, he could have been effectively diagnosed and, as such, Michael Jackson would not have become the Man in the Mirror.