Psychological Movie Review

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The Bizarre Symptoms of A Beautiful Mind Angela Clarkston Erin Ugboaja PH 132- General Psychology 04/10/2013 Alcorn State University Abstract This paper offers a review of the Ron Howard film A Beautiful Mind. It also links the film's premise to what I learned from class and its accompanying textbook. The main focus and appeal of the film lies in its interpretation of the condition of its main character, John Forbes Nash, Jr.: paranoid schizophrenia with delusional episodes. At least four scenes in the film illustrate his condition with remarkable clarity. First, the scenes that lead up to the supposed confrontation between US and Soviet forces exhibit his growing paranoia. Second, the scene where the true nature of his schizophrenia is revealed also point to the hallucinatory nature of three other characters in the film. Third, the scenes of his relapse involving conversations with supposed federal agents and the leaving of child in the bathtub serve to highlight his bizarre behavior. Fourth, the scenes of his recovery also indicate strange motor activity and a disturbed affect. Lastly, the film takes the theoretical discussion of a psychological disorder and explains it in visual terms that I can appreciate. Keywords: A Beautiful Mind, John Forbes Nash, Jr., schizophrenia The Bizarre Symptoms of A Beautiful Mind Someone once told me that there is a fine line between genius and madness. I can think of few films that strive to illustrate that as well as Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind can. The movie is based partly on the life experiences of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a brilliant mathematician and Nobel Laureate in Economics. The interesting thing about the movie is its interpretation of Nash's condition: paranoid schizophrenia with delusional episodes. In fact, most of the
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