As Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story attracts more viewers each day, the conversations around this infamous serial killer become more engaging.
One of the most important things I learned from viewing the entire series in one sitting was how little was discussed about mental illness in society during Jeffrey Dahmer’s lifetime.
Probably wouldn’t have committed the terrible atrocities he’s notorious for if he had access to mental health counseling at a young age.
Many things contributed to his development into a deranged serial killer, including his upbringing in a troubled family that rejected him for being gay.
From watching Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix, I learned the following six things about mental health:
1. Seeking Professional Help At All Cost
The fact that Dahmer realized he was doing wrong makes Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, available on Netflix, a compelling viewing. Even though he knew killing innocent people was terrible, he nevertheless did it.
Dahmer admits in multiple interviews that he killed because he felt the need to have total dominion over his victims. If he had sought medical treatment in the form of therapy sessions sooner, he might not have destroyed the lives of himself and those he victimized.
2. Relationships Take Time
The serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is shown in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix as having a cold, unfriendly demeanor. Although he made numerous attempts, he was unable to make any acquaintances.
All of his victims were people he had attempted to befriend before giving in to his obsession and killing them.
In no other relationship did he feel it necessary to immediately drug his partner as he did with Tony Hughes. It was too much for him to bear to see someone else leave him again. He was incapable of giving any connection adequate time to develop.
3. Being Over-Possessive is Unhealthy
I’m not one to be overly possessive. While possessiveness and jealousy turn me off big time, there are many who find these traits attractive in a partner.
When it came to the bodies of his victims, Jeffrey Dahmer’s possessiveness reached abnormal heights.
That’s why he committed acts of cannibalism, necrophilia, and botched lobotomies on his victims to turn them into mindless zombies. All people who find amusement in being possessive in relationships should watch Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix as a frightening lesson.
4. Abandonment Issues Are Real
We may insist, “I’m OK by myself,” but the truth is that we’re all social creatures with a deep-seated need for companionship.
When Dahmer’s parents divorced, he was left to fend for himself for nearly three months, as depicted in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix.
As a result of this experience, he now has abandonment issues, which show out in his aggravation as he watches his victim make an attempt at escape. He would become agitated and ask, “Why does everyone leave me?” whenever they attempted to leave.
5. Emotional Intimacy is Important
Hearing the excitement in someone’s voice for the first time they kiss their partner or have a sexual experience with them is something I’ve witnessed firsthand. It’s rare for them to have the same elation after their first truly honest and open chat.
A lack of emotional closeness in Dahmer, as depicted in Netflix’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story drove him to design a game in which the two players could never become close to one another.
One of the main reasons he felt no guilt over what he did was because of this.
6. Address Childhood Trauma
Jeffrey Dahmer, the serial killer, witnessed his parents’ violent arguments from a young age. As a result, he became accustomed to and desensitized to violent behavior at a young age.
This is why he was unfazed by the cries of pain and pleading of his victims.
The experience was as routine for him as turning on the radio. This harrowing story illustrates the necessity for prompt intervention in cases of mental illness, which can manifest in childhood despite our best efforts to ignore them.