Finding Nemo Psychological Analysis

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Psychological Disorders
Losing track of one’s thoughts is a common occurrence when the mind is preoccupied with a certain task. Eventually, one comes back to reality and realizes they have forgotten their train of thought. This forgetfulness can become frustrating and annoying for many people as it can become truly inconvenient to lose information randomly. Data from Statistics Canada (2015) suggests that around 2.3% of the Canadian population, who were aged 15 years and older, were living with a memory disability of some kind. At the time of the survey, that would have been around 628 000 people. Memory is a crucial component of learning and survival. Having a disorder that affects memory becomes very limiting due to the dangers and liabilities
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All throughout the movie, viewers see the struggles Dory endures through as she helplessly traverses on through her days with an innocent and unknowing vibe. Since she cannot always construct an accurate concept of her surroundings at all times, she is vulnerable and susceptible to randomly wandering about. To reiterate, she is prone to forgetting key moments such as the aftermath of the shark-chase scene where they drop the scuba mask. She quickly forgets why Marlin is upset and tends to him even though they had just lost the mask moments ago. Again, at the beginning of the movie, she forgets that she is assisting Marlin in finding Nemo, so she becomes paranoid of Marlin’s presence. She forgets why she is travelling in that particular direction and why a clownfish is following her. Examples like these highlight the definition by Gurr and Foxhall (2014) where a person cannot create new memories. Therefore, the instances of Dory’s forgetful episodes meet the diagnostic criteria and typical symptoms of anterograde amnesia. Interestingly, at the beginning of the film, Dory explains to Marlin that short-memory loss, or anterograde amnesia, runs in her family although she cannot remember if that is true or even the whereabouts of her family. Amnesia is not an illness that can necessarily be passed down to family members, but there is the possibility that one could be more susceptible to it due to external environment factors. Regardless, trauma is the main causal factor for the onset of dissociative amnesia. The film and its sequel, however, suggest that Dory might have been born with this mental disorder as there is no trauma or damage seen, which would be an inaccurate portrayal. Overall, the portrayal of anterograde amnesia by Dory in Finding Nemo was mostly

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