NETFLIX SERIES: THE CASE OF CLAIRE UNDERWOOD (SPOILERS)

A couple of years ago when the show, “House of Cards” had debuted on Netflix, I was obsessed but after binge watching all I could possibly binge watch, I was not about playing the waiting game for the next season to come out. I fell off the bandwagon for a bit but now I’m back on and I’m just as hooked with the show now, as I was back then.

Just like Scandal and all those other politically charged drama series, there’s just something about these types of shows that really fascinate me. I don’t know, maybe its the cheating, lying, sex, manipulation, etc. but it seems to expose people and makes you wonder what really goes on behind closed doors with the politicians we elect. It makes you wonder if the things that happen in the show really happen in real life. And if they are happening in real life, what can you do to stop it from happening?

I know, I know, this is just a show, but seriously, it really does make you wonder. Which is why we can’t take our eyes off of our TV or computer screen when it’s on.

One of the characters that I admire a lot is Claire. The wife of the lead protagonist, Francis “Frank” Underwood. She is a lobbyist and runs an environmental nonprofit organization. Not only that but her ‘doesn’t take no for an answer even from her husband’ type of attitude is what really draws viewers to her character. You just really want her to win, because you can tell she is hardworking and grateful and she has to deal with a congressman as her significant other. So, naturally, I began to dissect what it really was that made her so appealing.

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Claire, from what we know, does not engage in outright antisocial behavior. Unlike Frank, she has not murdered anyone and we have not seen her engage in very reckless or impulsive outbursts. However, she rarely shows emotion–her smiles seem fake, her laugh empty, and her expressions are bland. She is more restrained and guarded than Frank and she does not reveal her inner thoughts to the viewer the way Frank does so it is much harder to know what could be going through her mind.

According to Shaili Jain M.D. from Psychology Today, believes that there has been enough information to venture forth with an assertion that she may have Narcissistic Personality Disorder and is capable of traumatizing the people around her (i.e. her dropping by Zoe’s place).

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Claire seems to stop at nothing to get what she thinks she has always deserved. Is this a result of her disorder or is she falling more and more into her husbands world? I suppose you’ll have to keep watching to find out!

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