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Personality Disorders on Big Brother

Let’s say for the sake of this blog that we believe CBS casts Big Brother Houseguests based on certain personality disorders. Not types, but disorders. I’m not saying they do this. If I was greedy and only cared about ratings I might do this. It’s not inconceivable, and it would explain a lot of things about a lot of people who’ve been on the show. I’m including myself, of course, as having a personality disorder. Why not, just for the sake of this blog. Don’t take shit so seriously. If you go on a show like Big Brother and you’re memorable, you’re anything but average and above average in crazy to begin with.

We all know applicants who make it to the final rounds have to go through a handful of psych evaluations and interviews. I went through them, and they haven’t changed much in even recent years. So let’s say the producers look specifically for personality traits adding up to certain personality disorders, making for a “dramatic” season… Add some prescription medications to the mix, and there you have more recent seasons of Big Brother. I’m not saying medicine is bad, but I am saying there are a lot more pills in the BB pharmacy in recent years.

So let’s pretend CBS and Wikipedia got together, just for hypothetical fun (this is for fun kids), and looked to cast one or two Houseguests with the following personality disorders every season:

Paranoid personality disorder: Guarded, defensive, distrustful and suspiciousness. Hypervigilant to the motives of others to undermine or do harm. Always seeking confirmatory evidence of hidden schemes. Feels righteous, but persecuted. This would explain people like Bunky Miller and Dana Varela or Shelly Moore and Andy Herren…

Schizotypal personality disorder:  Eccentric, self-estranged, bizarre, absent. Exhibits peculiar mannerisms and behaviors. Thinks can read thoughts of others. Preoccupied with odd daydreams and beliefs. Blurs line between reality and fantasy. Magical thinking and strange beliefs. This would explain people like Holly King and Howie Gordon, or Natalie Cunial and Renny Martyn, or Lawon Exum and Ashley Iocco.

Borderline personality disorder: Unpredictable, manipulative, unstable. Frantically fears abandonment and isolation. Experiences rapidly fluctuating moods. Shifts rapidly between loving and hating. Sees self and others alternatively as all-good and all-bad. Unstable and frequently changing moods. This would explain people like Alison Irwin, or Amanda Hansen and Danielle Murphree.

Histrionic personality disorder: Dramatic, seductive, shallow, stimulus-seeking, vain. Overreacts to minor events. Exhibitionistic as a means of securing attention and favors. Sees self as attractive and charming. Constant seeking for others’ attention. This would explain people like Jen Johnson and April Dowling, or James Zinkand or Amanda Zuckerman.

Narcissistic personality disorder: Egotistical, arrogant, grandiose, insouciant. Preoccupied with fantasies of success, beauty, or achievement. Sees self as admirable and superior, and therefore entitled to special treatment. This would explain people like Will Kirby and Marcellas Reynolds, or Jessie Godderz and Brendon Villegas, or Elissa Slater.

Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder. Restrained, conscientious, respectful, rigid. Maintains a rule-bound lifestyle. Adheres closely to social conventions. Sees the world in terms of regulations and hierarchies. Sees self as devoted, reliable, efficient, and productive. This would explain people like Jack Owens, Hayden Moss, and Helen Kim.

Passive–aggressive personality disorder: Resentful, contrary, skeptical, discontented. Resists fulfilling others’ expectations. Deliberately inefficient. Vents anger indirectly by undermining others’ goals. Alternately moody and irritable, then sullen and withdrawn. This would explain people like Amy Crews and Amber Siyavus, and Ronnie Talbot or Jessie Kowalski.

Sadistic personality disorder: Explosively hostile, abrasive, cruel, dogmatic. Liable to sudden outbursts of rage. Feels self-satisfied through dominating, intimidating and humiliating others. Is opinionated and close-minded. This would explain people like Scott Weintraub and Evel Dick, or Willie Hantz or Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman.

I didn’t cover all of the personality disorders out there, but you get the gist. I’d consider myself an Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder person myself, in terms of the Big Brother game. Even if on the inside I ever felt like a Willie Hantz or an Amanda Zuckerman, I stopped myself. I’d always stop myself.

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  • Love this. As I was reading the disorders, I would insert my own houseguests that match, and most were the same as yours.

  • Great take Jun and spot on. I think CBS cast people just as you state-for ratings. People like Amanda, Gina Marie, Andy, Aaryn and Spencer aren’t ‘smart enough’ to beat those evaluations/tests. Following the theory that all publicity is good publicity, CBS knew what was bound to happen and, was hoping like heck the fireworks would happen. Great topic!

    • Jun Song on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm said:


      The thing is, it seems to be true (all publicity being good publicity)… One day this will backfire severely and it won’t be funny anymore :(

  • Always have felt this about BB casting and if you did not score at least a few of these trigger questions, then you have NO shot to make it into the house.it reminds me of choosing a jury. I love your assignments of prior guests as well. Spot on!

  • Wondered about this many times. Can the fans be examined next? Do you find that those that like particular HGs probably also share in their “ailments”?

  • DR has turned into a pharmacy. It’s beyond ridiculous. This past season reminded me of the patients from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest all lined up to receive their dailies.

    • The problem is that they are putting in people with true psychiatric disorders and then withholding meds in DR for ratings. Sadly CBS doesn’t realize the dangers in not giving psychotropic meds on schedule. Live feeders got to watch prescription drug abuse that lead to meds having to be taken in DR with them checking they were swallowed like in a mental hospital. I don’t think the general public understands what went on in that house. Sadly Amanda and McCrae spoke at a junior high school last week. Let’s see a couple who had sex on television while she bullied and made racist comments. Yes, CBS did well explaining this season to the public. They have a petition to get on The Amazing Race. CBS is still posting things about her so I’m terrified it might happen. Let’s reward racism and bullying with the youth of today. Sigh.

      • That is absolutely frightening to hear that they were invited to speak at a junior high school. YIKES! We are in trouble in society if this type of behavior is rewarded and emulated. I am so sad to hear about speaking at a school. And we wonder why so many schools are failing our children.

  • First off, I dont HATE Amanda!!(mostly because she seems to thrive on the hate and I refuse to give her the satisfaction) … but Im amazed how these HG’s have acted since leaving the house!!

    It lends itself to the idea that they all have personality disorders because its like they are oblivious to how they are portraying themselves!! Andy said on twitter that he was trying to tweet things to make people hate him MORE!!

    Im Canadian, so Im boring by nature … AND I dont even take tylenol so I cant relate to anyone on psych meds – but I just dont understand some of them!! lol

    Thank you, Jun!! I appreciate your point of view and as Im relating to this new MTV style of Big Brother less and less – it means alot to me to hear “behind the scenes” stuff from someone I can relate to! lol

    ps – I love that you mentioned “Willie Hantz and Amanda Zuckerman” in the same sentence!! #MadeMeSmile

  • Jun,

    All I am going to say is you put that together. It is all a mind game…keyword GAME. Always apprecaite your analogy of Big Brother. Keep Being You!!!!

  • I have no doubt that is what they do. I was watching Big Brother Canada today I said to myself “Shit Paul is acting how I acted before I got treatement for my borderline personality disorder”. So I decided to google personality disorders and Big Brother, glad to see I am not the only one that thinks this. I always thought I could never apply for Big Brother because of my mental health issues now I wonder if they actually would have helped me get on the show.

  • Okay I play a lot of Big Brother and Survivor simulations on the internet, which isn’t the healthiest thing in itself, but this scarily correlates to some of the people I’ve played with and it makes me legitimately concerned about some of theme, who sport a lot of these traits even when they aren’t playing.

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