Here is what we can we learn from the Big Boss.

A zoo is a place where wild animals are confined, and people usually pay to look at these majestic creatures from a safe distance. Now, the big boss house is more or less a cage fitted with cameras. Here humans replace animals, but yet the concept remains the same. Despite widespread criticism aimed at the show and its take on mental illness, I feel there is much to be learned from it. The big boss show is an exhibition of different personality types, and offers a unique opportunity to  observe and understand the behaviour of the people inside(and outside) this house.

One’s personality may be considered the shield and sword that protects him/her from the external environment. A number of people have adaptive personality styles which help them cope with the stressors that life throws at them. However, in some people, the personality fails in its primary function and causes distress to both themselves and others. Personality disorders are long standing patterns of behaviour that are essentially maladaptive (not adjusting adequately or appropriately to the environment or situation) that deviate from the acceptable social norm.

I was able to identify a few maladaptive personality traits among the group that resides in the big boss house. If you finish reading this article, you will also be able to identify these maladaptive traits and predict with fair accuracy how these people will react in certain situations. 

Starting off, here are three major personality traits that some people in the house can be identified with.

  1. The Narcissistic personality.
  2. The Histrionic Personality.
  3. The Borderline personality.

In the coming pages, we will read about traits of these personalities and try to identify these traits based on what we have seen in the show . . .

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