Her distinct characteristic, which the boys didn't have, is that her mental illness is her supreme coping device. Draper can be thrown into a panic attack when he recalls his identity deception. White got sunk not helped by his power obsession. And poor Soprano wound up in a shrink's office. The job his mother did on him reduced him to disabilitating anxiety.
Morella, on the other hand, uses her psychosis as a platform for a joyful life in the slammer. That centered state attracts others. In fact, she is such good shape that she can reach beyond herself and help others. In driving newbies to prison she is capable of reassuring them they can make it through.
The Morella kind of character can change what leaders have to say and write. Instead of chastising audiences to get into reality, they can encourage them to cherry-pick their beliefs. Their way of seeing the world is theirs to put together. The leader's tone would be peer-to-peer (P2P). Not top-down. Much like how Ronald Reagan, just an old B-grade actor, talked with us.
In provocative book "Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception," Joseph T. Hallinan piles on a ton of research demonstrating how beliefs, no matter how off, shape outcomes. Bad and good. The man who assumes he's cursed by the witch doctor will die. The woman taking the placebo will get better, even if she knows she is taking the placebo.
The White House could be won in 2016 by the man or woman who gives us back the power to believe what we see as true. Too much schooling, experts, the hostile with power and even the supposed mental health community took that power away from us. Reagan let us believe it would be morning in America. Despite the economic and cultural nightmare we had been stuck in. It was morning in America.
Politicos should watch and deconstruct "Orange Is the New Black" for guidance in what we Everywoman and Everyman are looking for in these confusing times. Morella leads us to accept our inner nut. And, damn it, isn't that what we wanted permission to do.