Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Troubled Princess by Sally Bedell SmithDiana in Search of Herself is the first authoritative biography of one of the most fabled women of the century. Even those who knew Princess Diana will be surprised by author Sally Bedell Smiths insightful and haunting portrait of Dianas inner life.
For all that has been written about Diana—the books, the commemorative magazines, the thousands of newspaper articles—we have lacked a sophisticated understanding of the woman, her motivations, and her extreme needs. Most books have been exercises in hagiography or character assassination, sometimes both in the same volume. Sally Bedell Smith, the acclaimed biographer, former New York Times reporter, and Vanity Fair contributing editor, has written the first truly balanced and nuanced portrait of the Princess of Wales, in all her emotional complexity.
Drawing on scores of interviews with friends and associates who had not previously talked about Diana, Ms. Smith explores the events and relationships that shaped the Princess, the flashpoints that sent her careening through life, her deep feelings of unworthiness, her view of men, and her perpetual journey toward a better sense of self. By making connections not previously explored, this book allows readers to see Diana as she really was, from her birth to her tragic death.
Original in its reporting and surprising in its conclusions about the severity of Diana’s mental-health problems, Diana in Search of Herself is the smartest and most substantive biography ever written about this mesmerizing woman.
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Princess Diana May Have Suffered From Borderline Personality Disorder, Fans Claim
On the online forum site Quora , some royal fans claimed that this might really have been the case when the Princess of Wales was still alive. Sophie Oldfield said that the mom of two might have also suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder. According to Oldfield, Princess Diana also showed many traits of NPD, manipulation, playing the victim, smear campaigning, making her children look after her despite their young age, which is called parentification. But Jason Rodgers said that there is actually some evidence online that would prove that Princess Diana suffered from a borderline personality disorder. He also said that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are struggling with the same thing.
But do they actually exist? Or is this move just another way of hating on one another in an increasingly contempt-ridden society? Throughout subsequent decades, up until today, numerous celebrities who have not fitted contemporary ideas of how women should behave have been slurred with the idea that they might have BPD. These include Princess Diana, Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard — all dazzling, daring women that the public cannot quite reckon with. BPD is a diagnostic category populated overwhelmingly by women , narcissism more with masculinity. Just as women with a diagnosis of BPD are characterised as having a reckless relationship with emotions they could or should be able to control, men with narcissistic traits are seen both in the public imagination and psychiatric nosology as too self-centred, too lacking in empathy, too obsessed with conquer at all costs. These character sketches, so influenced by the mores and gendered norms of what is acceptable at any given time, are not backed up by any scientific evidence.
On the day of the funeral of Diana, princess of Wales—a sunny Saturday in September —there was one small item that broke a million hearts in a city, and a nation, already awash in grief. A bouquet of white freesias sat atop her coffin as it rode on a gun carriage to Westminster Abbey. Her claim has generated a storm of criticism from a pro-Diana camp that remains steadfastly loyal almost 15 years after her death. This week, Hasnat Khan, the Pakistani heart surgeon who had a two-year relationship with the princess that ended shortly before her death, spoke out in her defence. People die of them. A psychologist she consulted said Diana exhibited narcissistic tendencies.
A new book by best-selling American author Sally Bedell Smith reveals for the first time the full extent of the dark forces that drove Princess Diana to despair. She was a borderline personality, with acute psychological problems. Myles McWeeney reports.
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Ten years later, what I recall most vividly is the stench of the flowers. I never went near Kensington Palace, the destination of all those maudlin pilgrims who deposited bouquets, but on the way up Exhibition Road to a Prom at the Albert Hall a few nights after Diana's funeral I was assailed by a sweet, sickly, cloying odour that spread through the air from a mile away. The blooms that symbolised eternal life were dankly rotting.
The page book focuses on troubled life of Princess Diana. The most significant claim made in the book is that the Princess had suffered from borderline personality disorder. Linda Richards of the January magazine stated that the book provides an unbiased portrait of the Princess. If you're going to read one Diana book, this should be it. On the other hand, the author was criticized by Dorothy Packer-Fletcher because of her claim that Diana had been experiencing borderline personality disorder. The book became a bestseller , and was also cited as controversial. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.