Susanna Kaysen from Girl Interrupted Essay

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Character Analysis – Susanna Kaysen from
Girl Interrupted

This character analysis is based on the character, Susanna Kaysen (played by Winona Ryder), from the feature film ‘Girl Interrupted’ directed by James Mangold and distributed by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. in 1999, Rated MA15+. The film is based on the true story of Susanna Kaysen’s time in a mental institution, set in the 1960s. Exploring Susanna Kaysen’s character through an interactional viewpoint, many psychological concepts can be applied to analyse her condition.

In addition, a critical evaluation of applying behavioral and social science knowledge in the profession of social work will also be explored to appreciate the .

Susanna Kaysen is an eighteen
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“Freud adopted an irrationalist view of behavior, meaning that he assumed people are often unaware of why they behave as they do (Moghaddam, 1998, p477).”
Similarly, Susana claims that the bottle of aspirin and bottle of vodka was taken to cure her head ache. She does not believe or admit that it was taken as an attempt of suicide. Therefore, Susana is seen to be not in denial but she is she is distorting the truth by claiming that it was taken for her head ache. Correspondingly, Carl Rogers stressed that ‘the significance is not in what happened to the person; instead it is the individuals reaction and interpretation’ (Engler, 1985). Individuals reactions and interpretations are based on the thinking patterns that an individual beholds. Distortion of the meaning of the experience can be seen as one defense mechanism and denial of the existence of the experience is the second defense mechanism that Rogerian theory describes. Denial involves the conscious removal of the experience while distortion allows the experience into awareness but only in a form that won’t disturb the self-concept, making it consistent with it (Pervin, 1989).

Rogers (1985) agreed that the only question which matters is ‘Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?’ (Myers, 2005, p242). By relating back to

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