character makes me happy. Not just because she’s a fun character in general,
but mostly because she’s portrayed as someone who shows traits of BPD.
- She has high self confidence, and low self esteem.
Okay, I know it’s not an “official” trait of BPD, but I couldn’t help noticing
how common it is for people with BPD to have it. Amethyst is confident enough
to go wrestling, to twerk, to flaunt her skills and be all over the place, all
while being very insecure under the surface.
- Unstable Interpersonal Relationships. Her relationship
with Greg is a good example of this. One moment she adores him, and the next
moment she’s tormenting him and blaming him for everything that is wrong in her
life. It’s heavily implied it wasn’t the first time this happens. Greg knows
she does that.
- Is terrified of abandonment. Greg, again, is a good
example of how this manifests. She actively prevents Greg from doing pretty
much anything, just so he’ll stay, while expressing how traumatized she is by
being previously abandoned.
- Anger, and trouble containing it. This is one of
Amethyst’s most defining traits, that we get to see over and over again.
- Shifting between high self-image [“That’s just what
makes me so awesome”] and a low one [“Parasites like ME!”].
- Reckless behavior. Amethyst often makes decisions on
the spot, not bothering to think of possible consequences. It’s sometimes a
comic relief [A rotten burrito from months ago? Lets eat that], sometimes more
serious [Fusing into an unstoppable raging destruction machine? No problem.
Grabbing Steven and going on a trip to the kindergarten? Sure, why not?].
- Tendency toward addictions. We know Amethyst is a
hoarder. Oh, and she also binge-watches TV.
- Provocative behavior. Amethyst is constantly seen
teasing, provoking or stepping on people’s toes on purpose, just in order to
grab their attention.
- Constantly feeling alienated, not belonging, not
pretty much the first time there’s an accurate representation of a person with
BPD in popular media, ever. Not a glorified, romanticized Winona Rider in
“Girl, Interrupted”, and not the demonized crazy monster in “Fatal Attraction”,
“Gone Girl” and plenty other popular works.
the most important part? Amethyst is still a positive character. She’s one of
the good guys. She’s sweet, fun, lovable and loving. You know, like people