Dark Psychology

S36E9 – Dark Psychology: Supernatural Curses

Barbossa : You don’t know what this is, do ye?
Elizabeth : It’s a pirate medallion…
Barbossa : This is Aztec gold. One of 882 identical pieces they delivered in a stone chest to Cortez himself. Blood money paid to stem the slaughter he wreaked upon them with his armies. But the greed of Cortez was insatiable. So the heathen gods placed upon the gold a terrible curse. Any mortal that removes but a piece from that stone chest shall be punished for eternity.
– Pirates of the Caribbean

S36 Bonus – The Dark Triad: Psychopathy, Narcissism, and Machiavellianism

Hannibal Lecter: What if I did it for you?
Clarice Starling: Did what?
Hannibal Lecter: Harmed them, Clarice. The ones who’ve harmed you. What if I made them scream apologies? No, I shouldn’t even say it because you’ll feel – with your perfect grasp on right and wrong – that you were somehow accompli- even though you wouldn’t be.
– Hannibal

S36E8 – Dark Psychology: Writing Realistic Dissociative Identity Disorder

Gollum: We wants it. We needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little Hobbitses. Wicked. Tricksy. False!
Smeagol: No. Not master.
Gollum: Yes, precious. False. They will cheat you, hurt you, LIE.
Smeagol: Master’s my friend!
Gollum: You don’t have any friends. Nobody likes you!
Smeagol: Not listening, I’m not listening.
Gollum: You’re a liar and a thief.
Smeagol: No.
Gollum: Mur-der-er.
Smeagol: Go away!
– The Lord of the Rings

S36E7 – Dark Psychology: Writing Realistic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

ELLA: How’s your blog going?
JOHN: Yeah, good. (He clears his throat awkwardly.) Very good.
ELLA: You haven’t written a word, have you?
JOHN (pointing to Ella’s notepad on her lap): You just wrote, “Still has trust issues.”
ELLA: And you read my writing upside down. D’you see what I mean?
(John smiles awkwardly.)
ELLA: John, you’re a soldier, and it’s gonna take you a while to adjust to civilian life; and writing a blog about everything that happens to you will honestly help you.
JOHN: Nothing happens to me.
– Sherlock, BBC

S36E6 – Dark Psychology: The Effects of Imprisonment

BELLE: Who’s there? Who are you?
BEAST: The master of this castle.
BELLE: I’ve come for my father. Please let him out! Can’t you see he’s sick?
BEAST: Then he shouldn’t have trespassed here.
BELLE: But he could die. Please, I’ll do anything!
BEAST: There’s nothing you can do. He’s my prisoner.
BELLE: Oh, there must be some way I can…wait! Take me, instead!
BEAST: You! You would take his place?
BELLE: If I did, would you let him go?
BEAST: Yes, but you must promise to stay here forever.
– Beauty and the Beast

S36E5 – Dark Psychology: Including Munchausen Syndrome in a Story

KYRA: I’m feeling much better now.
MRS. COLLINS: I’m glad, honey. (beat) Time for your food.
KYRA: Can I go outside, if I eat this?
MRS. COLLINS: We’ll see. You know how you get sick in the afternoon. Don’t say it tastes funny. You know I don’t like to hear that.
– The Sixth Sense

S36E4 – Dark Psychology: Brainwashing in Fiction

Steve Rogers: You know me.
The Winter Soldier: No, I don’t!
Steve Rogers: Bucky. you’ve known me your entire life. Your name is James Buchanan Barnes…
The Winter Soldier: SHUT UP!
Steve Rogers: I’m not gonna fight you. You’re my friend.
The Winter Soldier: You’re my mission! YOU ARE MY MISSION!
Steve Rogers: Then finish it. ‘Cause I’m with you ’til the end of the line.
– Captain America: The Winter Soldier

S36E3 – Dark Psychology: Adverse Childhood Experiences

People with happy families don’t become spies. A bad childhood is the perfect background for covert ops. You don’t trust anyone, you’re used to getting smacked around, and you never get homesick. – Michael Westen, Burn Notice

S36E2 – Dark Psychology: Writing Domestic Abuse

Earl : What is that, Jenna? What is that?
Jenna : Money.
Earl : It’s all over the [darned] house! In cabinets, in drawers, under chairs, in closets! Money hidden all over my house!
Jenna : [whispering] I’m sorry.
Earl : After everything I’ve done for you, you go and hide money from me? [falls to his knees, sobbing] You’re the only thing I ever loved, Jenna. You’re the only person that ever belonged to me. And you having a secret from me tears me up. – Waitress (2007)