Hamlet Medical Report - 2nd Meeting

17-5-1407

Direct Quotes from Hamlet:

"O what a rogue and peasant slave am I!"

"Am I a coward?"

"I am pigeon-liver'd and lack gall"

"Why, what an ass am I!"

"The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king."

Diagnosis:

Hamlet's self image is alarming and increasingly worrying me as his psychologist. The self respect that he deserves seems to have flown out the window, and his appreciation for his own life is at an all time low. He seems to constantly self-abuse, calling himself "an ass", a "peasant slave", and perhaps most importantly, questioning himself and asking if he is cowardly. Hamlet also seems to be struggling with a pattern of behaviour that is characterised by depression and procrastination. This reminds me of another patient on my books, Claudius, who presented similar issues such as procrastination and regret during my meeting with him. I will have to closely follow the pair in my future observations to see if more overlapping trends appear.