John Nash's Experience With Schizophrenia In The Film A Beautiful Mind

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What is real, what is not? The film A Beautiful Mind continuously had me repeating this question. This is the struggle and frustration of one with schizophrenia. Many films depict schizophrenics as sociopaths or extremely violent, but A Beautiful Mind does not. It is inspired by the life of nobel prize winner and Princeton mathematician John Forbes Nash. Therefore, it was grounded in someone’s actual experiences which made the portrayal informative and realistic. Although, John Nash’s experience with schizophrenia in the film is not singularly what people with schizophrenia face since some may have certain symptoms over others. Overall, it accurately portrays what it would be like to live with the disorder for many.
In the beginning of the film, John’s lack of social skills is evident. His ‘roommate’ tries to distract him from his work, but John insists that he needs to continue working on his original idea. At the bar, he would rather study and do work than talk to his classmates. He is blatant when speaking to the blond woman who he finds attractive, showing his disregard for her feelings, or a misunderstanding of how she would feel. Throughout the film, he mentions that his work and math is more important than people. While he is able to get married, which surprised me, he still seemed awkward in his social
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A theme of grandiosity is present with the hallucination of Parcher, a department of defense agent who he had met and wanted John to crack codes for the government. He takes this one instance in real life and goes into a psychotic episode. He has experiences with Parcher that he believes to be real, and even drops off packages at a decrepit house that to him does not look so. In relation to the prior, he also has paranoid ideations, delusional thinking, and a distorted perception of

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