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.