One of the recurring themes in Mad Men involves lost children, children who have lost their parents, parents who have lost their kids. We see characters who were abandoned, orphaned, or simply didn’t get enough love (Don Draper included) who go on to pathologically treat their own offspring the own way, often without much awareness or self-reflection about doing so. Don was a lost kid who became a lost adult, though he's kept it covered it up with bravado and a good sell over the years, albeit with a few cracks emerging.
This “lost” storyline goes well beyond Don, though. Pete lost his mother, in part because of Bob Benson. [...]
"What's the difference between a toddler and a psychopath? Apparently, not too much. In 1980 Robert Hare, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, developed a 16-point checklist for determining whether a person was technically a psychopath. After taking a look at this list, and taking a look at the daily behavior of my two toddler girls, I can only conclude one thing: a psychopath is just really a person who has never grown out of the toddler stage." —Rhiana Maidenberg takes us point by point through the list and wow, she is onto something. Take, for the easiest example, #1: "Superficial charm & [...]
Only half of all kids make up imaginary friends? That's sort of disappointing. ("Who are you playing with?" "What? No one, obviously." "… Arrre you sure?" "Oh yeah, sorry, um, what was his name supposed to be again?" "Seriously?" "I'm sorry, Mom. Todd or something?")