Precious Movie Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… According to______, “Children who have been maltreated or abused are at risk for experiencing a host of mental health problems, including disassociate identity disorder. “Dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) is an effect of severe trauma during early childhood, usually extreme, repetitive physical, sexual, or emotional abuse” ( mark, 2013). “…The person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that's too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self” (blah blah, 2918). Many times through out the movie, Precious frees herself from trauma by fantasizing. An example of this in the film would be when her father is sexually abusing her, and she starts to imagine herself as a movie star on the red carpet. There was also a scene in the movie where Precious was looking at an old photo of her mother Mary. She imagined the picture coming to life where her mom spoke encouraging and loving words to her. “Disassociation comes as a survival skill of great value in response to trauma and abuse in a human’s mind” (blank, …show more content…
Precious has experienced Sexual abuse from her father and physical abuse from her mother since she was a baby. Precious has flashbacks, low self-esteem, socialization problems, and depression. These are all signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to Merriam Webster online dictionary, PTSD is “ a psychological reaction that occurs after experiencing a highly stressing event (as wartime combat, physical violence, or a natural disaster) outside the range of normal human experience and that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, and avoidance of reminders of the event” (citation). Despite the traumatic issues she was dealing with, she managed to show resilience in some ways. “I'm gonna break through or somebody gonna break through to me” (movie quote). Although she easily could have, Precious did not allow herself to remain a victim. She learns to turn negatives into positives with help from her teacher and Social

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