A Beautiful Mind: Movie Analysis

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I chose to watch a movie about a man who has schizophrenia. The movie is called A Beautiful Mind. The movie starts out with John arriving at Princeton University for graduate school. John soon becomes friends with his roommate Charles. John was a very smart man who was good with math and was somewhat awkward. A few years later John goes on to teach at MIT and becomes involved with one of his students named Alicia and then later marries her. As the movie progresses, John begins to become more and more paranoid and believes he is being followed and chased. While delivering a speech at Harvard John “sees” people watching him and storms out and was then taken to a psychiatric facility. John had begun having hallucinations when he was in graduate …show more content…
369). Comer shared that many researchers believe that some individuals inherit a biological predisposition to schizophrenia and then later develop this disorder during adolescence or in early adulthood when they are faced with stress (Comer, 2014, pg. 370). This study has been done on four different groups the first: relatives of people with schizophrenia, second: twins with this disorder, third: people with schizophrenia who are adopted and last genetic linkage and molecular biology. It has been found that the individual who is closer related to the person with schizophrenia the more likely it is for them to develop this disorder. Researchers have also came up with a biochemical explanation for schizophrenia. They developed a dopamine hypothesis which is when “certain neurons that use the neurotransmitter dopamine fire too often and transmit too many messages, thus producing the symptoms of the disorder” (Comer, 2014, pg. 371). Schizophrenia has also been linked to abnormal brain structures. Most of these cases of schizophrenia were linked with negative symptoms. From doing brain scans they researchers have found that these individuals have enlarged …show more content…
He believed that “schizophrenia develops from two psychological processes: regression to a pre- ego stage and 2 efforts to reestablish ego control” ( Comer, 2014, pg. 375). He believed that when an individual goes through a traumatic event they regress to the pre ego state of primary narcissism and then only care about themselves and their own needs. Later a psychodynamic clinician named Frieda Fromm- Reichmann furthered Freud 's theory. As stated in our book “she described the mother of people who develop this disorder as cold, domineering, and uninterested in their children 's needs” (Comer, 2014, pg. 375). She called these mothers schizophrenogenic mothers, these moms set the stage for schizophrenic functioning. Many theorists today do not believe in either of these theories. For the cognitive theory explanation theorists believe that during hallucinations the brain of a schizophrenic person is “producing strange and unreal sensations-- sensations triggered by biological factors” (Comer, 2014, pg. 375). It is also believed that when a person tries to understand their unusual experiences the disorder furthers even more. The socio-cultural theorists take a bit of a different approach when it comes to recognizing individuals with psychological problems. They believe that multicultural, social labeling and family dysfunctioning all contribute to schizophrenia. For multicultural factors it has been found that African

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