A Clockwork Orange (Themes of Social Psychology)

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I chose the movie, A Clockwork Orange, because I have seen it many times before and knew that it had plenty of psychological themes presented throughout its plot. The main concept was taking away the ability or right to make one's own decisions (both positive and negative) and the dehumanization that follows such behavior. This is basically saying that it is better to be one's self with the just rights to chose what should or should not be done versus conforming to others ideas of how behavior should be. From this movie, I want to discuss social cognition, self-concept, external locus of control, attitudes and attitude formation, culture and behavior, social dominance, conformity, obedience, indoctrination, group forming, aggression, sexuality, communication, and politics. Many of the themes overlap each other with the same examples because they correspond to some of the same things. Social cognition is one of the major themes of this movie because it deals with the encoding, storage, retrieval, and processing of new information in the brain. In the movie, the Ludovico technique had been designed to alter behavior and distort the brain to always choose the more ethical decision. This clearly took away free will and the right to determine how one's life was supposed to be. Alex was the main subject of these experiments and was forced to change his behavior or else suffer the consequence of excruciating pain. Self-concept comes into play when you look at Alex and how he changes opinions about himself throughout the film. At first, he identified himself as the leader of the Droogs, a school student, and a rebellious teen living life to the fullest. After getting caught by the authorities and beginning the Ludovico technique, he decided that he wanted to become a better person and make everyone he knew proud of who he could be. This was a case where he perceived his

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