Analysis Of The Film ' Black Swan ' Essay

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The film, Black Swan, contained many examples of psychological disorders that are represented in the DSM-5. In the film, Nina Sayers is picked to become the swan queen of the dance recital, Black Swan. Nina’s psychological state of mind tends to diminish after earning her role as the swan queen. After examining Nina’s role in the film, her behavior suggests that she may be suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia.
Nina Sayers is a shy and frigid girl. She is a member of a ballet company in New York City. The company holds an audition for the piece, Black Swan, under a sexually aggressive director. The variation of the piece requires Nina Sayers to be both, the black and white swan. This causes stress to Nina because her personality is different than what is required to be the “Black Swan”. Throughout the film, viewers notice a change in Nina’s behavior.
Paranoid Schizophrenia is a subdivision of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a severe disorder that is characterized by disorganization of the individual’s thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors. To meet criteria for Schizophrenia, the individual often experiences two or more of the following: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or cationic behaviors, or negative symptoms. In Paranoid Schizophrenia, the individual always feels like something or someone is out to harm them. Delusions and hallucinations can cause an individual to be in a paranoid state of mind. This can affect how they carry out…

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