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Two Souls in one Breast—A Case Report of the Rock Star Double

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A case report is presented and analyzed of a patient who was a double for and imitator of the late Freddy Mercury, lead singer for the rock group Queen. The patient was socially excluded, rejected by his peers, and neglected by his parents. As a consequence he experienced self-hate, shame, low self-esteem, and serious identity problems. Although impressive Freddy Mercury imago appeared to benefit the patient, mainly though social acceptance and enhanced opportunities for relationships, in the long term it could not cover up his deep-rooted and repressed identity problems. The struggle to cope with these problems is illustrated here.
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Keywords: ATTACHMENT DYSFUNCTION; DEFENSIVE EXCLUSION; FALSE SELF; FRAGMENTATION; INTRAPSYCHIC AND PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION; PATHOLOGICAL ACCOMMODATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2011

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