The Backstreet Boys are Back and Crazier Than Ever

Nick Carter, singer from The Backstreet Boys filed a restraining order against his brother Aaron Carter, singer and start of “Aaron’s Party”. According to NCBC News, Nick Carter 39, states that Aaron Carter 31, allegedly threatened to kill Nick Carter’s pregnant wife. Aaron Carter suffered from multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety, and manic depression and is taking Xanax and the antidepressant Trazadone which he had stopped taking on four occasions. Aaron Carter claims that he had had no contact with his brother for years but that he (Nick Carter) has been trying to institutionalize him (Aaron Carter). Under California statute, Section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, Nick Carter does have the ability to institutionalize for 72 hours, his brother Aaron Carter, if he is a threat to himself or someone else. Aaron Carter states that he does not intend to harm any one and wants to remain at a distance from his family and that he does not need to be on his medications and will taper them off.

Nick Carter’s continuous efforts to keep Aaron Carter stable and away from his family exhibits the effect of locus of control. Nick represents his use of internal control. Internal locus of control is believing that one’s efforts have an impact on a situation. External locus of control is when one believes that fate has the biggest impact on a situation. Nick Carter represents the internal locus of control because he believes that his efforts to institutionalize his brother and to get a restraining order would prevent bad things from happening to his family. Nick believes that if he files 5150 with the state (the code that allows him to institutionalize his brother for 72) this will prove that Aaron is mental unstable and would lead him to get further treatment. The effort of getting a restraining order makes him think that he has control of whether or not Aaron can be in contact with his family. Although, Nick thinks that he has control over these because of his efforts; it is not garneted that his actions would actually prevent Aaron from hurting someone else.

Nick Carter also represents the illusion of control. Illusion of control is when when one believes that they have power over uncontrollable events. Nicks efforts to file for a restraining order gives him the comfort and an illusion that he has power over whether or not Aaron comes near his family. Nick believes that if he does get Aaron institutionalized then that would allow Aaron to receive help and prevent him from hurting himself or someone else. However, in reality, he does not have any actual input on whether or not Aaron does something drastic and pursues to find Nicks family.

Madani, Doha. “Backstreet Boys Singer Nick Carter Says He Filed Restraining Order against Brother Aaron Carter.” NCBC News , 17 Sept. 2019, https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/celebrity/backstreet-boys-singer-nick-carter-says-he-filed-restraining-order-n1055661.

Sierra Metviner

4 thoughts on “The Backstreet Boys are Back and Crazier Than Ever”

  1. This whole situation is crazy. The fact that Aaron threatened Nick’s wife and that he is still trying to help his brother out with his mental disorder after threatening his family.

    -Sanub

  2. Not only is this story insane, it blows my mind because looking at Aarons instagram today, he doesn’t even look like he has anything wrong with him and he is being so nice trying to give back to the community. Now I feel bad owning a notebook with his face on it when I was younger lol. You did a great job at picking the two concepts, they work hand in hand with this situation.

    -Dominique

  3. Not only is this story insane, it blows my mind because looking at Aarons instagram today, he doesn’t even look like he has anything wrong with him and he is being so nice trying to give back to the community. Now I feel bad owning a notebook with his face on it when I was younger lol. 3 days ago news came out about Aaron saying that he wants “peace and love with his family amid feud.” He was hurt that Nick has not made an effort to be apart of his life so that is why he lashed out. This is also showing internal locus of control because Aaron probably thinks apologizing and giving a reason to why he acted out will just make everything better and everyone will forgive him. You did a great job at picking the two concepts, they work hand in hand with this situation.

    -Dominique

  4. It’s very interesting to see such a public figure exhibiting psycho-somatic qualities such as these , interesting to see how the illusion of control expands.

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