Let's say you are a fledgling psychologist having just opened your offices to clients. Much to your surprise and fear, your first client is Hannibal
Lector who--having eaten and is in a cooperative mood--is ready to get on your couch and let his brain be picked by you.
Given as many sessions as necessary, what conclusions would you draw?
After spending much time with him in the novels Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal (in my opinion the best, but the movie sucks), I have
Genius, with an incredible memory and creative talent, and because of his intelligence has no concern for the differences between humans and animals
(there are none). He was scared by strong emotional experiences in his childhood that would shape him for the rest of his life. I would want to find
out why exactly he needs to kill, perhaps because of an unresolvable psychosis. I would try to work him off of his need to kill, (but if you could
kill and get away with it, would you?) and convince him that killing is unnecessary for revenge.
What I would give to talk to Lecter for an hour. He is one of the best literary characters ever created IMO.
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