Family Victim initially looks at the neuropsychiatric symptoms of a Javanese man from a highly respected family, Estu Wardhani. Over time, interviews with Estu, his family, and traditional healers–who describe him as “different,” “hardheaded,” “lazy,” “spoiled,” and “psychopathic”–reveal a more complex dynamic as his behavior worsens and marriage deteriorates. Only after his father’s death and the birth of his daughter does Estu begin to “live properly.”
Family Victim addresses the universal issue of how families and communities interpret and deal with the behavior of troublesome members. It also examines the bi-directional influences between an individual considered to have a disruptive personality and his social world.