Abnormal Behavior In The Film A Beautiful Mind

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Society defines what normal and abnormal behaviour is. Society’s perceptions of normal and abnormal behaviour is informed societies ideologies of what acceptable behaviour is and what is not. Notions around normal and abnormal behaviour are informed by people’s culture, religion, education and all other associations that people affiliate with. As people identify and have different believes and value systems, this might pose as a dilemma when trying to categorise and label certain behaviours as disorders meanwhile in the society they are considered as normal. One may argue that normal behaviour does not really exist, that a normal behaviour becomes abnormal when it escalate to the extreme limits of what is acceptable. That what is perceived …show more content…
Having such blurred line between what is real and the imaginary, schizophrenia makes it difficult to carry out day-to-day activities. To react to that people with schizophrenia may withdraw from external world or act out in misperception and distress (Smith & Segal, 2014). This essay will present an elucidated representation of abnormal behaviour and how it unfolds, the triggers that stimulate the behaviour and how the individual’s daily functioning also can be affected by this mental challenged. The movie “A Beautiful Mind” (Grazer & Howard, 2001) will be used as one of the movies with a clear depiction of this. Particularly the central focus of this essay will be on schizophrenia as a disorder, the main character in the movie that presents with the symptoms enough to make a diagnosis is John Nash. Grazer and Howard (2001) Nash as a character played a role that depicts abnormal behaviour; he was a widely recognised intelligent mathematician and a professor. He got married at some point and had a baby with his wife. He worked as a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While still a graduate student, he had introduced the idea of symmetry/equilibrium to game theory, which eventually would transform the field of economics and stand a chance of winning the Noble

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