Hollywood Gets It Right!

If you find a TV show or movie that actually used correct psychological information, tell us about it here. Just provide the following information to earn a few extra homework points:

  • The name of the movie/show (date of release would be great, too).
  • What psychological information did they use.
  • A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct.
  • Your first name (so we know who posted it).

TV show: The Secret Life of the American Teenager (released 2008)

The main character uses one of the defense mechanisms to defend and explain the situation she is in. She uses denial. However her friends try to make her realize that it actually happened. Around 2:30 seconds
Source: http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/ss/defensemech_3.htm
Posted by Megan

TV show: Royal Pains (released 2009)

They used a psychological symptom called Alice in Wonderland Syndrome which distorts depth perception.
Reliable source: http://www.aiws.info/
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Name: Shutter Island
Release Date: 2010

Psychological use:
Teddy, the main character who seems to be introduced as a working cop investigating a mysterious island where the criminally insane are placed. During this frantic investigation, Teddy was looking for a missing woman called Rachel. However, as the story progresses, and he continues to search, Teddy turns out to be an mental patient himself residing in the island diagnosed with a Schizophrenic disorder for two years. All of the things that happened was merely happening inside his imagination, unable to distinguish the reality and his hallucinations.

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Release Date : 2003

Psychology use:
As the psychotic murderer, Malcom, awaits for his execution his journals are revealed. During the hearings, it is clear that this person is suffering from an extreme case of Dissociative Identity Disorder, associating with 10 different personalities. Later in the story it also reveals that some events are only occurring inside of Malcolm's mind and consciousness.

Reliable Source: www.psychnet-uk.com/.../dissociative_identity_disorder.htm


Name: Mozart and the Whale
Release Date: 2005

What Psychological information did they use:

In this film, the story narrates about two people who are diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a from of an autism disorder. They start to participate in small help groups for people with autism spectrum, portraying it quite realistically. However, although the movie illustrated the spectrum efficiently they were also criticized for sustaining the incorrect stereotype that people who have this disorder have special skills.

A Reliable Source : http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/asd.cfm

Lars and the Real Girl (2007) SPOILER ALERT
The movie deals with a man named Lars who suffers under social anxiety disorder.
Whenever other people touch him, Lars tends to show signs of a Panic Attack and his difficulty to socialize serves as a problem throughout his life. In order to counter this problem, Lars begins to have delusions that a plastic doll that he had bought online was real. 'Bianca' was a perfect partner who was not dangerous to him and through her, Lars learns to socialize with other people. The therapist that he meets also uses psychotherapy and encourages the society to accept Bianca for Lars's sake. As Lars becomes able to connect with others, Bianca's health begins to worsen.

Name of the Movie: I Am Sam (2001)

Psychological Information: Sam Dawson, the protagonist, most likely has autism. The story shows how Sam copes with his developmental disabilities and tries to be a good father for his daughter Lucy.
Reliable Source: http://kidshealth.org/Features.jsp?lic=1&feature=30
Name: Daniel

Name of the Movie: The Pianist (2002)

Psychological Information: The Jews during the Holocaust followed the hierarchy of needs. Because they lacked the physiological needs, the Jews robbed their neighbors, threw away their babies, and even ate the most dirtiest foods to survive.
Reliable Source: http://psychology.about.com/od/theoriesofpersonality/a/hierarchyneeds.htm
Name: Daniel

Name of the Movie: Finding Nemo, 2003

Psychological Relevance: Dori shows signs of both short-term and retrograde amnesia. She keeps saying she knows where Nemo is, but forgets what she said to Marlin (the past) at very little time intervals.
Source: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g2699/is_0000/ai_2699000016/
Name: Yu Sun

Name of the movie: The Soloist
Release Date: 2009

What Psychology Information do they use?
Based on a true story, the main character, Nathaniel Ayers is a musician who struggles with the psychological disorder Schizophrenia. He did not develop this mental disorder until his second year at Julliard. He is extremely suffering from the frustrations and constant angers that surrounds him. He also has problems with delusions and disorganized speeches that leads him to experience bizarre abnormalities. However, disregarding his mental illness, he still is able to play the cello and make people be moved by his talent.

Reliable Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soloist
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Name of the movie: The Lookout
Release Date: 2007

What Psychology Information do they use?
The main character, Chris Pratt with few other friends, accidentally dries with his headlights crashes into a stalled combine. He and his girlfriends seems to be the only one to survive the accident, although Chris injuries included a severe brain damage. Due to this injuries that affected his primary, or ‘short term’ memory, he is no longer unable to remember items without constantly rehearsing it which only leads him incapable of having a meaningful career. Chris shows clear symptoms of anterograde amnesia, but he still tries to compensate with his inability by always keeping continuous notes in his notebook.

Reliable Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lookout
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Name of the movie:
Nim’s Island
Release Date: April 4, 2008

What Psychology Information do they use?
The main protagonist, a young girl called Nim, tries to get help from the author of her favorite adventure book in order to find her missing father. She and her father alone lives on a South Pacific away from the city. Nim continuously struggles to bring Alexandra Rover, the author of her favorite books to help where her father his, imagining that Alexandra would be some heroic figure just like the characters in the adventure series. However, as Nim’s message reaches Alex, Nim does not know that this time selling author is actually suffering from agoraphobia. Alex shows symptoms of this psychological disorder since her fear of going outside her house is continuously increasing. She is unable to to even step a foot outside her door, becoming anxious and tense every time. But she is able to produce a great series of book while she is committed to stay inside. However, by Nim's request she tries to fight over her fear to help rescue Nim's dad.

Reliable Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nims_Island
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Movie title: Rain Man (release date: 1988)

Psychology used: The principal character shows clear signs of autistic savant, which is a mixture of the savant syndrome and autism. He has exceptional skills in counting and mathematics but has social impairments and incoherent speech. He keeps repeating the same words. However, he has excellent memorization skills when he memorizes the waitress's number and counts the toothpicks on the ground.

Source: http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=32419
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Name of the movie: Tokyo!

Release Date: 2008
What Psychology Information do they use?
This surrealist movie has three segments to it, and the second one, Merde, is about a man living inside of the Tokyo sewers. He is suffers from a phobia called Agoraphobia, where he fears
public places and open spaces. Merde continuously has panic attacks and arises fears of places where he cannot escape. Thus, he dwells attack on locals in terrifying ways where he is always anxious and paranoid.

Reliable Source:
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Name of the movie: Finding Nemo

Release Date: 2003

What Psychology Information do they use?
Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create memories after the event that caused the disorder to occur, leading to a partial inability to recall the past. As main fish’s friend, Dory continuously forgets memories, she clearly shows symptoms of suffering from this amnesia in the film Finding Nemo. Anterograde amnesia is a memory impairment, resulting from brain injury, in which the individuals such as Dory, are severely impaired in learning new information with a short term memory.

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Name of the show : Glee

Release Date: 19 May 2009

What Psychology Information do they use? :
The school counselor Emma has problems with the messy things in life. For example, when she steps in freshly-chewed gum, she is unable to take it off by herself and becomes all frantic and paranoid. The show briefly illustrates few correct symptoms of this obsessive-compulsive disorder. Due to her unfortunate experience with dairy, she becomes obsessed with germs and dirt, or any kind of substance that will make her feel anxious. Thus, she continuously washes her hands and feels the need to check things repeatedly.

Reliable Source
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1. Name of the show : 90210

Release Date: 2 September 2008

2.What Psychological Information did they use:
In a recent episode, the cool, quirky Erin Silver surprised everyone by ranting conspiracy theories and resorting to wild physical violence. Eventually, she was hospitalized. Her reckless behaviors and irregular mood swings informs us that she is correctly diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. Silver started showing manic depressive symptoms by crushing a teacher’s window and throwing objects at him. Although the show did not portray all the symptoms, it managed to show the brief characteristics of a bipolar disorder.

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1. Name of the movie/ show : Awakenings

Release Date: 1990
2. What Psychological Information did they use :
In the movie Awakenings, a psychiatrist takes an interest in the patients who are in a severe state. After numerous research and experimentation, the psychiatrist correctly concludes that the patients were misdiagnosed, when the patient actually has encephalitis, a form of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous disease associated with the destruction of brain cells that produce dopamine and characterized by muscular tremor, slowing of movement, partial facial paralysis, peculiarity of gait and posture, and weakness. His experimental treatment included the new drug Dopamine, which is an antagonist in the brain that limits and blocks the transmissions in the brain.
3.A Reliable source that confirms that the information was correct
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TV show: House M.D (season 5 episode 24)
Air date: May 11th 2009

Psychology used: In this episode, the patient suffers from the Alien Hand Syndrome, which is an illness where there is one dominant hand that acts independently on its on. Although there are many causes for this syndrome, in this episode, doctor House correctly identifies that the patient previously had a split-brain surgery and his two hemispheres don’t communicate, and damage to the corpus callosum may be the right cause of his Alien Hand Syndrome. The clip shows the correct experiment that doctor House performs to show the split brain of the patient.
Confirmation source: http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/hd/hemis.html
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Movie: Shutter Island
Air date: March 2010
Hollywood Gets It Right! - The Neuron

Psychology used: The principle character, called Edward is a psychologically disordered patient being treated in a rehabilitation center. Although the movie doesn’t clearly identify the disorder, it captures his disorder as PTSD with multiple flashbacks of the war disasters. In the movie, psychiatrists in charge of the facility set up a play for Edward to accept the reality (that he is not a US Marshall). During the movie, when Edward debates with the psychiatrist, he uses defense mechanisms such as projection and rationalization. So the psychiatrist commented that he had “great defense mechanisms”
Confirmation source: http://www.planetpsych.com/zPsychology_101/defense_mechanisms.htm
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1) Movie title: A Moment To Remember, 2004.11.05 (Korean Movie)
2) This is a Korean movie that made many audiences cry because of the good story line and amazing acts. There are a man and a woman who are about to love each other, and even plan to marry. Then the woman notices that she cannot remember things amd started acting weirdly. In the beginning of the movie, she forgets simple things, such as to pick up the drink and food she bought from the market. But later, the symptom becomes serious, that she has difficulty of finding her own house. Realizing the seriousness of herself, she finds the doctor and finds out that she has Alzheimer. The doctor tells her that there is an eraser in her brain (this is the most famous line of the movie) and she will gradually lose her memories because her brain cells are dying. The woman later reaches the level where she cannot recognize her lover.
3)Alzheimer disease Is a progressive and fatal brain disease. As many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and it is fatal.
The information was correct, as the doctor gave right details about her brain disease, that the brain cells are being destroyed, causing her to have bad memory, gradually becoming worse and worse. Starting from simple confusion as the girl in this movie, Alzheimer's stages get much more serious as time flows.
4) Elaine

TV show: Grey's anatomy (2005)
Date of release: 27 March 2005
One of the interns, Meredith, has a mom who is diagnosed with an Alzheimer.
Alzheimer is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person's memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities and how the TV show portrays this disease is very accurate.
There are scenes where Meredith's mom becomes
-anxious of aggressive in the hospital when she is hospitalized because of her likely cancer.
- wanders and becomes lost in the hospital repeatedly
-hallucinates (when she pretends she works in the hospital and eventually ends up kissing her ex-boyfriend, Chief)
-asks Meredith who she(Meredith) is

and all of these are correct.

"AD begins slowly. It first involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. People with AD may have trouble remembering things that happened recently or names of people they know. Over time, symptoms get worse. People may not recognize family members or have trouble speaking, reading or writing. They may forget how to brush their teeth or comb their hair. Later on, they may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. Eventually, they need total care. This can cause great stress for family members who must care for them." <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%E2%80%99s_disease>
-Kelsey Park

  • The name of the movie/show (date of release would be great, too)

    "Reign Over Me" 6 September 2007 (in South Korea)
  • What psychological information did they use.
    Post Traumatic Stress disorder-
    Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) sees faces of his lost daughters in faces of other girls, sees his poodle dog in a German Shepard. Afraid of people or things that reminds him of the trauma (his family in a 9/11 plane crash). Reduces his anxiety by remodeling his kitchen. Has tics- tendency to do things without his will.
  • A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct.
What are the signs and symptoms of PTSD? The three groups of symptoms that are required to assign the diagnosis of PTSD are
  • recurrent re-experiencing of the trauma (for example, troublesome memories, flashbacks that are usually caused by reminders of the traumatic events, recurring nightmares about the trauma and/or dissociative reliving of the trauma),
  • avoidance to the point of having a phobia of places, people, and experiences that remind the sufferer of the trauma and a general numbing of emotional responsiveness, and
  • chronic physical signs of hyperarousal, including sleep problems, trouble concentrating, irritability, anger, poor concentration, blackouts or difficulty remembering things, increased tendency and reaction to being startled, and hypervigilance to threat.
Your first name: Il-jee

  • The name of the movie/show: The Office
  • What psychological information did they use: Classical conditioning.
    Jim reenacts Pavlov's Experiment.
    The Altoid is the unconditioned stimulus; salivating is th unconditioned response; the sound of the bell from Jim's computer is the neutral stimulus. Jim sounded the bell whenever Dwight ate the Altoid that he offered, he paired the two together until Dwight subconsciously connected the two things. The bell tone caused Dwight to reach out his hand for the Altoid and to salivate--the sound of the bell is the conditioned stimulus and the act of reaching out with the hand and salivation is the conditioned stimulus. A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct: Our text book and notes from class. Your first name: Courteney
    The name of the movie/show (date of release would be great, too): Identity (2003)
    Hollywood Gets It Right! - The Neuron
    What psychological information did they use: Multiple Personality Disorder


    Malcolm Rivers is put on trial for murder- however the trial is controversial because Malcolm struggles from Multiple Personality Disorder.

    A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct:

    Definition Dissociation is a mental process in which there is a lack of connection in thoughts, memories, feelings, actions or identity. While dissociating, certain information is not associated with other information as it normally would be.
    • Multiple personalities, on average 10 though there can be as few as two and as many as 100
    • Exhibits different personalities, behavior and even physical characteristics
    • Episodes of amnesia or time loss (i.e.: don't remember people, places, etc.)
    • Often they are depressed or suicidal
    • Self-mutilation is common
    • 1/3 of patients experience visual or auditory hallucinations
    • The average age for the development of alters is 5.9 years
    • Depressive symptoms
    • An inability to focus in school (in childhood)
    • Conduct problems (in childhood)

    Your first name (so we know who posted it): Il-jee

    I don't know where to post it but it's very interesting :D

    Psychologist Dr. J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner (Dr. Buzz) appeared on the Fox News Channel last year to discuss whether genetics play a role in a person's love for horror movies. Are people genetically designed to feel frighten?

    Lydia Kim

    * The name of the movie/show (date of release would be great, too).
    A Beautiful Mind (2001)

    * What psychological information did they use.
    The main character suffers from Schizophrenia.
    He is socially awkward though not a recluse.
    He hallucinates and experiences delusions.
    What is really shocking in the movie (sorry if this is a spoiler) is that he creates fictional friends and events--he realizes later on in the movie that his long time friend, Charles, is actually a fictional person he has made up in his mind...about a decade ago!
    He had never noticed since his delusions were so real and life-like.

    * A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct.
    The following are information from our Meyer's textbook:
    Schizophrenia is defined as a group of severe disorders characterized by disorganized and delusional thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions.
    These delusions are rarely a one-time episode.
    Schizophrenia may be a disorder that emerges from a long time of social inadequacy or a sudden reaction to stress. In the movie the main character is shown to be socially challenged.

    * Your first name (so we know who posted it).

    • The name of the movie/show (date of release would be great, too).
    Movie: The Aviator (Released in 2004)
  • Starring Leonardo Dicaprio
    • What psychological information did they use.
    The Aviator portrays the life of Howard Hughes, who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). At the beginning of the movie, the mother of Howard Hughes (who is acted out by Leonardo Dicaprio), scrubs Howard with a soap, making him clean. She warns him of his disease saying that he is ‘not safe.’ The end of the movie end with Howard Hughes rubbing himself clean over and over again with a soap. This shows compulsive behavior. At the beginning Howard does not show serious symptoms of OCD, but as the movie progresses, he shows more signs of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior. Scene show him haunted by the threat of ‘microbial infections’ from his environment and food. At the ending scene, after Howard becomes the richest man in the world, Howard goes into the restroom, rubs himself clean with a soap, and looks at the dark mirror, looks at his reflection and repeats the words: “The way of the future… the way of the future…”This shows compulsive behavior again.

    • A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct.

    According to the NIMH: National Institue of Mental Health, symptoms of OCD are unwanted thoughts and 'repetitive behaviors.' Some examples of these compulsions are 'handwashing, cleaning, checking.' According to NIMH, they perform these tasks repeatedly in order to lower their anxiety. There are much more reliable information about OCD and its symptoms on this website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

    • Your first name (so we know who posted it).

    • The name of the movie/show (date of release would be great, too).
    Movie: Donnie Darko (2001)
    Starring Jake Gyllenhall, Drew Barrymore

    • What psychological information did they use.
  • Donnie Darko is a movie that shows a troubled teenager who suffers through schizophrenia. In the movie, Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhall) stops taking him medicine, and therefore he experiences sleep walking. On October 2nd, He starts sleepwalking and imagines meeting Frank, a man who has on a freaky bunny costume. Frank tells Donnie Darko that in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds, the world will end.
  • Throughout the movie, Donny Darko experiences hallucinations about Frank. One scene shows him under a hallucination about fluid light tunnels. This movie is correct because it portrays the symptoms of schizophrenics: they have abnormalities in their perceptions of reality. Hallucinations, paranoid delusions and disorganized thinking are symptoms of schizophrenia.

    • A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct.
    According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Sufferers of the brain disorder Schizophrenia sometimes hear voices, have hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking. The website shows more reliable information about Schizophrenia, its symptoms and treatment. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml

    • Your first name (so we know who posted it).

    • The name of the movie/show (date of release would be great, too).
    Movie: As Good As it Gets (1975)

    Starring Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt

    by the way I really recommend watching this movie! I loved it : )

    • What psychological information did they use.
    This movie shows a man named Melvin (Jack Nicholson) as a successful author who suffers through obsessive-compulsive disorder. From the beginning of the movie, Melvin hates dogs because he thinks they are dirty creatures. He hates them so much he throws one down the garbage chute. He also throws his gloves away after touching the dog, and he has stacks of soap in the cupboard. The movie also shows his bringing his own utensils when he goes to eat dinner, and he walks in an awkward way because he abhors walking on sidewalk cracks. Also, throughout the movie, he wears his gloves. These show some symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder where sufferers

    perform certain tasks or compulsions to seek relief from their obsessed anxiety. Some of these compulsions may be checking that one's parked car is locked repeatedly, or walking in a certain way and repeatedly washing hands like Melvin does in this movie.

    • A reliable source that confirms that the information was correct.

    According to the NIMH: National Institue of Mental Health, symptoms of OCD are unwanted thoughts and 'repetitive behaviors.' Some examples of these compulsions are 'handwashing, cleaning, checking.' According to NIMH, they perform these tasks repeatedly in order to lower their anxiety. There are much more reliable information about OCD and its symptoms on this website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

    • Your first name:

    1.Name of the movie
  • Hide and Seek (2005)
  • 2. What psychological information did they use?
  • The main character David Callaway has dissociative identity disorder. He was unaware of his other personality for a while. When he noticed that all the murdering happened in the town was all done by his otherself, he disappeared. Charlie, the other personality, took over the body, and attempted to kill his own daughter Emily.
  • 3. A reliable source that confirms that the information is correct
  • Psychnet UK http://www.psychnet-uk.com/dsm_iv/dissociative_identity_disorder.htm
    The patient has at least two distinct identities or personality states. Each of these has its own, relatively lasting pattern of sensing, thinking about and relating to self and environment.
    At least two of these personalities repeatedly assume control of the patient's behavior.
    Common forgetfulness cannot explain the patient's extensive inability to remember important personal information.
    This behavior is not directly caused by substance use (such as alcoholic blackouts) or by a general medical condition.
    4. Keunwha Song

    Hollywood Gets It Right! - The Neuron

    MOVIE: the six sense
    MOVIE: the butterfly effect


    Anger Management

    Explanation:This movies portrays anger disorder or Intermittent Explosive Disorder throughout the whole movie. IED has symptoms that show sporadic episodes of aggression, violence, and destructive behavior. Usually people with anger disorder are hard to control and they explodes in anger at any time and day. Just like in the first part of the video, the people who are discussing their problems tend to get extremely mad at random times. Not only do people get angry, their anger moves onto violence and physical attacks toward other people or objects. This can be a problem to the people around the person with IED.

    Requiem For A Dream

    Link--> (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgXaDLlpxMo)
    (beginning when cookies are falling down from the ceiling, and from 1:38)

    Explanation:The women in this scene, (Sara Goldfarb)has symptoms of hallucinations and delusions. Her delusions start from the beginning of the movie where she gets hooked onto a show that she believes she will come out in. She applies to be casted in the show, and waits, but never actually receives the acceptance letter. However, she denies the fact and spreads the word that she will become popular. Because of this, it affects the way she thinks about her appearance which makes her anorexic. She starts to take diet pills and soon enough, she takes an unbelievable amount of pills at one time. Like a domino effect, this affects her psychological health by getting hallucinations about food. In this clip, cookies, cupcakes, and the things she longs to eat starts falling from her ceiling, which actually is just her hallucinations. Also, later on in the clip, she hears her refrigerator open when indeed she is just in the doctor’s office. This ultimately concludes that she is a schizophrenic patient.
    Source: Myer's Textbook

    Good Will Hunting

    Explanation:In this movie, the main character Will Hunting is known to be very intelligent and one-of-a-kind for his genius self. He even attends MIT and is intellectually above and beyond. However, his poor childhood such as being an orphan, living by himself, and being abused makes him subconsciously unhappy about his life. In the first 30 minutes or so, he is almost to the point where he has depression and the causes are because he doubts himself. Just like the cognitive triad, he has unreasonably negative ideas about himself, the world, and their futures. Even when good things happen, he is not able to make wise decisions and turns to his unstable lifestyle.
    Source: Myer's Textbook

    Because I Said So

    I'm really beginning to feel like
    I'm never going to meet anyone

    and it's making me
    feel hopeless.

    Well, as I've said before, Stuart,
    Sheila was a huge loss, but that was 1993.

    Oh, it's still so fresh.

    This makes me feel like
    when I was in the 2nd grade,

    and I walked around with a booger in
    my nose all day and nobody told me.

    Why didn't they tell me?

    Well, more to the point, why didn't
    Sheila tell you she was unhappy?

    Oh, God, this is making me
    feel nauseous.

    Maybe I should change
    my appointment time

    from Thursdays at 3:to Mondays at 1:00.

    No, Stuart,
    we've tried that before.

    You had Fridays at 1:and Tuesdays at 11:00.

    It really didn't help
    your hypoglycemia.


    Explanation:The patient in the scene is going through post-traumatic disorder where he feels he is worthless and unwanted in the world because of what happened to him back in 1993. Post-traumatic Disorder is when people are psychologically affected by their past experience of event and for a very long period of time, remember the experience and is afraid to change their actions. It is clear in this scene that the patient is having problems feeling good about himself and he is constantly nervous and anxious.
    Source:Myer's Textbook


    This movie is about a man named Henry Morrison who has a psychotic disorder and is also a serial killer. He had murdered his family in the past before the movie started and he had done a very good job of disguising himself. Now when the movie starts, he is welcomed into a new home, where he marries the widow Susan Maine. The children of Susan Maine start to become suspicious of his actions as time passes by. More and more, he becomes more suspicious and starts to hint his fake identity. Then the real action begins where he starts to kill the family members. Henry Morrison is a psychotic because he loses contact with reality, and experiences irrational ideas and distorted perceptions. Later in the movie it is found out that he has killed people in similar situations. A widow and her children. It is predictable that he had a bad experience with his first family, but that still does not justify his other actions. Another typical psychotic characteristic is that he has a life and influence of his own. They are also good at looking very normal and just like everyone else.
    Source: Myer's Textbook

    Uptown Girls

    Explanation:Dakota Fanning in this movie plays a stuck-up, arrogant character in this role. Despite her characteristic, she shows a typical action that Jean Piaget listed in his cognitive development theory. In the pre-operational stage (ages 2~8 years old), children tend to be egocentric and become very self-centered. This clip definitely shows a child with an egocentric mind, where they cannot look at the world from anyone else’s perspective but their own. And this case, it would be the nanny that she is failing to see.
    Source: Baron Prepbook

    Glee Season 1 Episode 1

    Explanation:Glee is a weekly TV show about high school students finding their identity and belonging to a certain group. These students who are struggling to find their identity gather up and form the glee club where they start to bond and understand each other better. The idea of confused identity and role crisis comes from Erik Erikson’s psychosocial stage theory, during adolescence age. He believed that a person would naturally try out different roles before he or she found the one that best fit his or her internal sense of self. In this particular episode of Glee, Finn, a supposedly-jock of this show, starts to take interest in singing, and wants to join the Glee Club. However, due to the severe peer pressure and reputation he has towards his friends, he goes back and forth in deciding which group he should belong to. Erikson adds on by saying that, an adolescent should figure out a stable sense of self before moving on the next stage or they will risk an identity crisis. In this case, throughout the show, Finn becomes much more stable with the choices he makes and starts to appreciate the person he is. Contrast to that, in episode (3 ~4) a former student (now an adult) comes back to Glee Club, explaining to the students that she was not realistic about her goals when she was in high school and is the reason why she wound up being on the streets with nothing to do; basically having an identity crisis.
    Source: Myer Textbook

    The Aviator

    In this particular clip of the Aviator, Leonardo Dicaprio shows signs of OCD.Everything from straightening his soap tray, washing his hands extra clean, and getting the blood off his shirt, shows his obsessive-compulsive disorder. This disorder roots from anxiety disorder where a person acts of unwanted repetitive thoughts and actions. These actions become so persistent that they interfere with the way they live and can even cause distress. Not only that, later on in the clip, he tends to repeat over and over again the things he says. He even mentions that if one thing is not done right, he needs to start all over again and go back to the very beginning. These symptoms of repetitive thoughts where one is concerned with dirt, or germs and repetitive behaviors where one excessively washes their hands shows a high percentage of having obsessive-compulsive disorder and is definitely not in the normal zone.
    Source: Myer Textbook

    House Season 5 finale

    Explanation:Main character Gregory House has a huge drug addiction problem where he has a hallucination of things he wanted to happen. In his hallucination, he quit his drug addiction and he falls in love with his crush, however; he finds out that that was all just his imaginations. Having a major drug addiction can lead to physical violence, unclear thinking, and many more. Some common signs and symptoms of drug abuse that Gregory House shows is that he is not responsible at his work being a doctor, he treats the people he meets with disrespect, he knows that using drugs is not right however he cannot stop, he has lost control of taking drugs, and his life basically revolves around drug use. Also, other evidence is that his drug problems get in the way of his relationships with people. Psychologically people with addiction have mood swings, irritability, and get angry very easily. They also have lack of motivation and gets paranoid for no particular reason. G. House also gets in to trouble frequently by being involved in fights and illegal activities.

    I am Sam

    Explanation:This movie deals with a character who has mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Mental Retardation is when a person has limited mental ability and is most likely difficult to adapt to the demands of life. Sam Dawson, the character with this disability struggles to keep his life and his daughter’s life as best as he could. But as time grows, his daughter starts to pass his intellectual ability and things start to fall apart. His daughter gets joked around by her friends and does not make efforts to learn because of her dad’s inability to do so. He has a hard time answering questions right away and stutters when he speaks. His sentences are that of a seven year old and cannot make adult judgements. Mental Retardation is caused by a physical change called Down Syndrome. It is when an extra chromosome is attached to a person’s genetic makeup. Eventually, the father is taken away from his daughter at the end of the movie.
    Source: Myer Textbook

    Criminal Minds Episode 9 Season 1

    Explanation: Basically this episode is about a case where 4 hostages are held on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic. This scene is the part where Reid, a member of the team describes one of the main characteristics a paranoid schizophrenic has which is preoccupation with delusions or hallucinations. The paranoid schizophrenic in the story has the delusion that the US government is monitoring them. These are one of the most common delusions schizophrenics have, where they often think that others are watching them, following them, or even about to kill them. Like mentioned in the episode, he describes the cases of different schizophrenic criminals who have delusions such as being called from god, aliens and so forth.

    Myers Textbook


    Lie To Me

    Explanation: "Lie To Me" is a TV series where a guy name Cal Lightman studies the facial expressions, gestures, and postures of people to tell whether the person is lying or not. The actual episode was not in youtube nor google video so I cannot post the actual episode but in episode 12, released in May 6th of 2009. In this episode, Dr. Lightman uses his skill to discover the serial rapist. He studies the former serial rapist in prison, whom the suspect is copycatting and finds out the anger, shock, and truth through the prisoner's gesture and facial expressions.


    Shutter Island (released in 2010)
    Megan mentioned earlier about the movie and how Leonardo DiCaprio is depicted as the insane and delusional one. It is true; however, there is also another character who I thought deserved as much attention as DiCaprio's character did. That is the wife of Teddy Daniels. She displays another psychological disorder called bipolar disease. Her bipolar disorder put her in a lot of misery. In fact, she drowned her three children then committed suicide. Now that's crazy.
    Source: Meyers Textbook


    Awake (released in 2007)
    This movie is about a patient, Hayden Christensen, goes into surgery but unfortunately goes through anesthesia awareness. Anesthesia awareness occurs while a patient is on the operating table. When the patient has not had enough general anesthetic or analgesic he or she will be conscience during the operation. This is related to psychology because during class we talked about anesthetic drugs. Anesthetic is a drug that causes anesthesia, or loss of sensation. During surgery the patient wakes up and is conscious. He or she might be able to feel the pain or the pressure of the surgery or even hear conversations, but cannot move because his or her body is paralyzed by the drugs. This is exactly what happens to the main character and he hears things that he doesn't really want to hear.
    Source: Wikipedia.org


    Friends Season 6 Episode 17 (released in 2000)
    This is a friends episode about Joey. He is an actor but he's not yet that popular so he doesn't earn that much money. In order to earn money a lot at once, he decides to participate in many medical research. The one that pays the most is some research relating to identical twins; only identical twins can participate. This sort of relates to psychology because many psychological research was done based on identical twins when observing nature vs. nurture. This just kind of shows how the hospitals / researchers used identical twins in order to gain some significant results.
    Video was sort of messed up so I'll post the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19iD6a4LFj4

    Source: Meyers Textbook

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