In A&E’s television show Bates Motel, we are instantly drawn to Norma Bates played by actress Vera Farmiga. In the first episode we see Norma as she is ironing her husbands shirt. With a family of four and a father on disability, their income is extremely stretched. Norma’s continuous shopping for clothes, shoes and curtains that they simply do not have the money for. As a result her husband becomes very violent. Norman (her son) played by actor Freddie Highmore, is in his bedroom and over hears the argument but instead of going to where the fighting is occurring, he goes to the kitchen to grab a metal pot. Next thing you know his dad is dead, Norman blacks-out, and Norma is dragging his bloody body rolled up in a rug down into the basement.
Six months later after the death of her husband, she and Norman move to White Pine Bay, a coastal town in Oregon where she plans to start her life over with her son. They buy a motel in a foreclosure sale and give it the name “Bates Motel.” The previous owner of the motel Keith Summers played by actor W. Earl Brown, still lurks around the house claiming that it’s still rightfully his property and then one night he breaks in to find Norma alone in the kitchen and rapes her. In her own defense Norma grabs a knife and stabs him repeatedly until he falls dead on her kitchen floor.
We start to see Norma showing signs of borderline personality disorder (BPD) when she meets Deputy Zack Shelby played by actor Mike Vogel, and Sheriff Alex Romero played by actor Nestor Carbonell, who investigated the murder of Keith Summers. But it was Zack Shelby who expressed that he had feelings for Norma and they quickly began their dangerously intense affair. Norman isn’t very fond of Zack Shelby and discovers that there is more about him than meets the eye. We soon learn that Zack Shelby is in the sex slave business, which puts a bad taste in Norma’s mouth when she becomes aware she’s been having sex with a man like Shelby. He returns to her house one last time when he finds her alone waiting for her two sons to return home from searching for Keith Summer’s belt which Norman stole as they were dumping his body. There they encounter one more sexual act in one of the motel bedrooms, but this time it’s by force. Already disgusted by her knowledge of his participation in the sex-slave business, you can tell by the look on her face that she desperately wants him to stop, but at the same time she doesn’t want to alarm him that something is wrong and that she knows what he’s been up to.
In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition, Borderline personality disorder is described as having a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, affects, and marked impulsivity that begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts. In order to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, the individual must demonstrate five or more of the nine behaviors...