Micheal Scott may not be completely normal, but we’ll still love him! Let’s see what is wrong with him.
When you think of ‘The Office’, the first person to come to mind is likely going to be Michael Scott, even if you haven’t seen the show in your life. Played brilliantly by Steve Carell, the character has taken a life of his own, even beyond the show’s universe. ‘The Office’ couldn’t have been what it was had it not been for Michael, and yet, we sure could never tolerate him if we met him.
- Michael Scott’s behaviour points towards a personality disorder
- Is Micheal actually a narcissist?
Sure, The Office’s Michael Scott’s antics are hilarious to watch. But, in real life, having a boss like him and being subjected to his social incompetence on a daily basis would hardly be a good experience. He’s always wanting to be the center of attention (even when it’s someone else’s wedding day), his lack of awareness of how to behave socially, and his incompetence in doing the most basic task as a manager can only have been terrible to go through. But these behaviours are hardly normal, and may actually point towards mental disorders.
Michael Scott’s behaviour points towards a personality disorder
Michael Scott’s narcissism is noticeable from the first episode itself, where he is trying to portray a grander version of himself than he is in reality, to the documentary crew. Throughout the series, he plays out one stunt after another just so that he is able to place himself at the centre of everyone’s attention. And even when his colleagues don’t seem to share his feelings of familiarity and camaraderie in the office, even when they don’t want to become his family, he still keeps on acting as if they do.
These behaviours point towards a personality disorder called Histrionic Personality Disorder, which is characterised by “extreme emotionality and attention-seeking behaviour that begins by early adulthood and is obvious in different situations”, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. There is volatility in emotions and instability in behaviour, both of which Micheal exhibits.
However, according to this page, Michael doesn’t have HPD, because even though volatile, his emotions are not so excessive, his behaviour isn’t provocative, and nor does he have an impressionistic way of speaking.
Is Micheal actually a narcissist?
People having narcissistic personality disorder like the attention of a specific kind, one that makes them feel superior. In this sense, Michael Scott’s narcissism doesn’t veer towards being a disorder. There is a tendency in him to show that he is superior, obviously well-liked by everyone, funny, and having everything that is desirable. Narcissists need excessive admiration, have a sense of entitlement, a sense of self-importance, and they are mostly preoccupied with imagining success, power, or ideal love — all of which Micheal unquestionably also has.
Whatever his official diagnosis may be, what is remarkable is the growth and maturity that Micheal experiences. From being focused on himself to evolve into becoming a person in a committed relationship and eventually a father, it is lovely to watch him become better. That is probably why, even with all his faults, we still can’t help but love him.