A Beautiful Mind Analysis

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The film A Beautiful Mind follows the Nobel Peace Prize winner John Nash. Nash graduated from Princeton University with his doctorate and began teaching and conducting research at MIT during the Cold War. The film begins with Nash at Princeton, where the viewer first sees signs that he is suffering from a mental disorder. From the audience’s perspective Nash may have seemed a little odd, but it is discovered that he has schizophrenia. Schizophrenia displays positive and negative symptoms, which impacted Nash’s life.
Positive Symptoms John Nash had many positive symptoms related to schizophrenia. In the beginning of the film he was looking at a table with punch and fruits and he took a mental outline of what was on the table. With the outline Nash then associated it with the shapes on one of his peers’ tie. This action is just one occurrence when Nash had disordered thinking. Another moment occurred when he was trying to find a pattern in the way pigeons move. Loose associations were not the only symptoms of disordered thinking. He also faced preservation in trying to better economics, which allowed him to gain his doctorate. Another positive symptom Nash has is auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations. While at Princeton John had a “roommate” and he made references to his “roommate” throughout the movie, but his experiences with this individual had all been hallucinations. After he completed his doctorate at Princeton Nash went to work at MIT. At this point his psyche

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