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Mason


BEST PSYCHO


DINAH MARLER, GUIDING LIGHT


Be it unsafe sex, stolen medication or arson, there's just no risk Dinah won't take - even though her schemes invariably backfire and she has yet to truly learn her lesson. (May we enter her recent miscarriage and disfigurements as exhibits A and B?) Such resilience in a soap character could seem cartoonish under different circumstances, but in Dinah's case, it's very clear that everything she does is organically rooted in her innate abandoment issues. Feeling unloved has deflated her sense of personal worth to the point where she no longer really cares about her own well-being. The result is a fascinating study in contradictions: a beautiful, insecure, intelligent, delusional villainess who doesn't realize that, despite her bottomless paranoia, she's really her own worst enemy.
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