"A Beautiful Mind"
This paper discusses the story of Nobel Prize winner John Nash and his struggle with paranoid schizophrenia as told in Ron Howard's film "A Beautiful Mind".
# 68275 | 1,630 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Aug 13, 2006 in Psychology (Disorders) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Psychology (Case Studies)
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This paper explains that, in the film "A Beautiful Mind", despite suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia, John Nash manages eventually to control effectively the symptoms of his schizophrenia without the use of medication. The author points out that he used his own a high level of communication competence to control this condition with the techniques of perception-checking and self-talk and was able to live a relatively normal life. The paper stresses that Nash never actually cures his schizophrenia; his symptoms continued and he still had delusions, but he learned to ignore the symptoms and identified his delusions as not being real via a perception-checking approach.
From the Paper:"The same strong communication competence is seen in Nash's external communications. In one way, it can seem that Nash has low communication competence. For example, he does not have good relationships with his classmates, his workmates, or his students. However, there are various signs that this is related more to a lack of social skills than an inability to communicate. This is seen towards the end of the film where Nash is seen tutoring and teaching students. In these interactions, it is seen that Nash is an effective communicator. At the same time, Nash can seem impatient and also seems to behave in unexpected ways. Again though, this is related to Nash's inability to understand social expectations and act based on these expectations."
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