It’s all rather simple, you see. Jaron’s pathology stems from early childhood when the seeds were first planted. With the nurturing of his overbearing mother and weak, emotionally distant father, they soon flowered into full-blown psychosis. Jaron’s mother is a narcissist, who neglected her male children in favor of the eldest sibling, the daughter, whom she viewed as a reflection of herself. Young Jaron, sensing this familial dynamic, began play-acting as the sister, the sibling upon whom the mother lavished the most attention and affection. As his mother encouraged this behavior, Jaron soon came to realize that through embracing this fantasy, he could shift his mother’s attentions to him. In this manner, his pathology deepened and broadened, encompassing a veritable stew of neuroses, prominent among them disorders of the histrionic and borderline personality variety, which, combined with the dissociation born of his vivid, parentally-reinforced fantasy, blossomed into acute autogynephilia, wherein merely imagining himself a female was insufficient to sustain the delusion.
His mother’s own narcissism interacted with Jaron’s burgeoning psychosis and the interpersonal dynamic gave rise to Folie à Deux, wherein the shared delusion brought to the forefront the mother’s own incessant need for attention, manifesting in a case of Munchausen by proxy in which Jaron himself is unconsciously complicit.
So as you can see, this all started with young Jaron’s desire to live within his sister’s … skin.