The mentally ill are more different than us than we can imagine and more like us than we care to admit.” (Valentine, 2011) This quote paints a poignant and provocative picture of Abnormal Psychology. Its eloquent phrasing leads us to look at the concept of abnormality through multifaceted lenses exposing the fine line that defines normal and abnormal. In the fairly young science of Abnormal psychology we are asked to consider thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as viable ways to determine the mental wellness of an individual. It is through the understanding of the past that we may move
The main character, Randle McMurphy, fakes mental illness to avoid going to jail. What he discovers though is far from the gentle environment he had imagined a mental institution to be. Instead, he finds himself in a strict, tightly controlled asylum that is fueled by power. Physical and chemical discipline, along with electroshock therapy, is used to punish any violation of the rules (293). Girl, Interrupted is a 1993 adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s semi-autobiographical account of her stay in a mental hospital.
While working at the college John is approached by some special secret agent person and he needs John to decipher codes from newspapers and magazines to help out with a top secret assignment for the government. Eventually the story becomes reality and the depths of his delusions are revealed. He becomes aware his friend Charles, the secret agent, and life outside of his wife and baby is not real. He is hospitalized and he and his wife are trying to manage his condition. According to Durand and Barlow Schizophrenia is a devastating psychotic disorder that may involve characteristic disturbances in thinking (delusions), perceptions (hallucinations), speech, emotions, and behavior (pg451).
A Review of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Silence of the Lambs” James H. Dalton Freed-Hardeman University A Review of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Silence of the Lambs” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” stars McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson, a inmate who has been incarcerated for multiple assault charges. McMurphy pretends to be mentally ill so that he is transferred from the prison to a psychiatric hospital. He intends to spend the rest of his time in the psychiatric hospital where he thinks he will have more freedoms. McMurphy learns the hard way, however, that once he has been committed to the psychiatric hospital on an involuntary basis, he will be forced to stay until the hospital administration believes he is ‘well.’ McMurphy tries on a couple of occasions to escape the hospital, but his efforts are thwarted by simple things. In one of his schemes to escape one guard ends up fired, a patient commits suicide, and he nearly strangles the head nurse to death.
Nowra suggests that society’s stigmatised views and ideas about individuals with psychiatric disorders are false as he brings forth the notion that Nick and Lucy, and more prominently Lewis, are in absolute confusion about their identities, in comparison to the patients. Similarly, the environment outside of the asylum is frantic as the Vietnam War is taking place, however, when comparing the wars between the patients of the asylum to those outside, it is clear which environment contains more madness; the outside world. Initially, Nowra introduces each of the characters and seemingly their mental disorders; indicating that they are, in essence a representation of the definition of ‘mad’. Lewis bears witness to their insanity as they are “junkie[s]”, “pyromania[cs]” and have problems differentiating “illusion” from “reality”. Displaying the supposed roots of their “madness”, whilst presenting the idea that society only sees these individuals as labels, rather than beings a part of humanity.
During these times with Frank, he discovers the laws of the universe that govern his life. Donnie’s mental illness causes him to confuse real life with imaginary and he struggles to contain his perception of time while fighting schizophrenia threating to take control. Donnie Darko and the Psychological Aspects in the Film There is a nice slice of the world’s population are diagnosed with mental disorders. These people will swear the most outrageous scenarios are true, because in their mind they are. In one of the more serious cases of mental disorders, people claim to hear voices coming from inside their own heads and this can eventually cause them to believe they are two or more different people.
Assignment 204 Task B Winterbourne View is one of the most known cases of failures to protect individuals from abuse, it was a hospital where alleged abuse was filmed by the BBC. The review was ordered after BBC Panorama filmed patients being physically abused, it was stated that the BBC had recordings of patients being pinned down, slapped and taunted. The Care Quality Commission report on Winterbourne View found owners Castlebeck Care had failed to protect residents living at the unit were protected from risk, this included the risks of unsafe practises by its own staff. It was said “There was a systemic failure to protect people or to investigate allegations of abuse”, also “The provider had failed in its legal duty to notify the Care Quality Commission of serious incidents including injuries to patients or occasions when they had gone missing” Inspectors also noted staff did not appear to understand the needs of the people in their care. The Care Quality Commission director of operations Amanda Sherlock explained that once the investigation had been followed, it was clear the abuse in Winterbourne View was far worse than they were warned.
Does Dr. Heidegger, too, embody a vice, or is he meant to be a positive example to counter the guests? If he does embody a particular vice, which one? We argue in his "Character Analysis" that Dr. Heidegger's gravitas and wisdom contrasts with the foolishness of his guests. This certainly has something to do with his role as a doctor conducting the experiment. But it raises an interesting question: what kind of doctor is Dr. Heidegger?
Ken Kesey, the author of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest uses stylistic features such as characterisation, religious symbolism and narrative voice to explore the idea that ‘when systems are unjust people of conscience must act.’ One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is narrated by the main character Chief Bromden, a chronic in a very controlled, unjust, authority driven mental asylum. That is until Randall McMurphy a new admission enters the hospital ward causing havoc for the enforcers of the unjust system, standing up on behalf of the patients. Nurse Ratched ‘the big nurse’ and her ‘black boys’ who abuse their power creating an unequitable system. In One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey uses characterisation to depict the struggle of McMurphy against the unjust system of ‘the Combine.’ Nurse Ratched, the big nurse, is portrayed as a powerful mechanical being ‘big as a tractor’ with a large amount of power along with her ‘black boys’ who maintain the injustice of the system. Kesey uses Bromden’s narration to depict these characters as ‘humming hate and death’ further emphasising the lack of compassion in the hospital.
In this way, he is very much like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the Columbine massacre. An appropriate anthem for Holden Caulfield would be “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath, from the CD Paranoid. J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye, begins with the narrator who is coincidentally also the main character, Holden Caulfield, introducing himself. Holden informs the reader of how he is receiving treatment in a mental hospital, describes some of the things he does not like about his school Pencey Prep, and discusses how he has recently been expelled from it.