Working Template for Your Psychobiography
IMPORTANT: Each group should complete one working template based on which to make an oral
report to Dr. Yik during the scheduled meeting in Week 5.
Who is your subject?
Lam Kor Wan
What is so special about him / her?
He was the famous serial killer, titled as Rainy Night Butcher.
What is the paradox / mystery? Why is it worth uncovering?
To link the relationship between his life history and his law violation
To understand the attitudes of his family members towards him and its relationship with his
To compare and explain the process of murdering four victimstried to find his
characteristic of psycho-health
To quote the psychoanalysis into this case and explain his law violation
MAJOR: Which stages of psycho-sexual development are you going to deploy to analyze the
subject’s life? Why?
Stage Age Key point Life events Fixation? Outcome
1 – Oral 0 – 18 months Dependence of the Separated with father Aggression,
Dependence of mother pessimistic
Pleasure is derived in H.K. was
from mouth excessively gratified
2 – Anal 1.5 – 3 years Self –control Moved to Cruel and
BruneiDinner event destructive
3 – Phallic 3 – 6 years Establish the Chatted with neighbor Solitary Oedipus Complex
relationship with his was forbad by
parents father, afraid of father
key lost event
4– 6 – 12 years Social and He didn’t dare to invite Isolated, Peer influence
Latency communication and his friend to his home,
seldom to chat with his
5– Puberty Tutorial of the Robbed, had a peep to Don Juanism Establishing
Puberty onward adolescence from his sisters’ bathing, intimate
the parents relationship
his father’s remarriage, 璜型的性格，
Enjoyed the freedom 候群)
became taxi driver
Believed in God
took action during
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Id He had Libido (the sexual instincts) and Thanatos (Death instincts, he had said that he thought he
would face with the death)
Ego As the ego aimed to satisfy himself and reduce the pains, he had used the following defense
Repression-he repressed his discontented feeling to his father in his heart-because he faced
with traditional strict father and kind mother family. (His grandfather treated strictly to his
father, and his father imitated his grandfather, then his father also expressed this behavior on
Projection-he projected his discontented feeling towards the four victims, he said that the first
three victims should be punished
Rationalization-he rationalized his crime as to punish the four victims by the God and he
declared that he had phobia to the rain
Identification-he imitated his father’s violent treatment when he was young
Dissociation-he addicted the dissection to reduce his unhappiness
Superego Even though he said that he wanted to punish the first three victims, he had his original conscience,
this could be expressed from his explanation to the forth victim, he had cried and doubted the reason
of having dissection on her.
Superego could be developed during childhood, the children would imitate their parents’ behavior and
their growth experience, then developed their models of behavior
Freud had said that Id, Ego and Superego should be kept balance, otherwise the person would suffer
SUPPLEMENTARY: In addition to using Psychoanalysis as the backbone, what additional
principles / concepts are you going to use in structuring your psychobiography? Why do you find
these materials useful in analyzing the life of the subject?
What references are you going to use?
Carl Gustav Jung
Historical significance: self-regulation, especially discipline
Social significance: the government should spend more on the social, psycho-health and civil
Student balance the attitude towards Lam when they discussed with his law violation and the life
imprisonment (should he get death sentence or life imprisonment?)link to the main purpose of
studying LS course)
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