A Beautiful Mind: an Abnormal Movie Analysis

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A Beautiful Mind: An Abnormal Movie Analysis A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 cinematic semi-biography based upon the life of Nobel Laureate of Economics John Forbes Nash, Jr. Seneca said that there is no great genius without some touch of madness, and this is certainly the case with Dr. Nash. The movie opens on Nash as a graduate student at Princeton University. He struggles to find a unique idea, one that will set him apart from his peers and earn him recognition. Though Nash is self-admittedly “better with numbers than people”, he finds an unlikely friend in Charles, the “Prodigal Roommate”, who becomes Nash’s best friend, during grad school and beyond. With Charles’ support, Nash develops an idea that earns him the recognition he…show more content…
Indeed, he even recruited others to help him in determining whether new acquaintances were real or delusions. In the end not only was his marriage strong and intact (which sadly wasn’t the case in Nash’s real life), but he was also an admired and sought after teacher and colleague. As a side not, this movie also followed the journey of treatment for this disorder. Initially Nash was treated with shock therapy, then with pills that kept the hallucinations away, but also severely compromised his functioning, cognitive and otherwise. He couldn’t solve equations, he couldn’t work, and he couldn’t be intimate with his wife. It’s no wonder he didn’t want to take those meds! However, it seems that throughout his life he found the right balance of medications that treated his condition while not negatively affecting his functioning abilities. It reflects how far we’ve come in terms of treatment and psychopharmacology. In terms of research questions this movie inspires, I would be interested in seeing among college students if certain mental or personality disorders are more common amongst certain majors of study. For example, is schizophrenia more common among math majors? Are paraphillias more common among psychology or sociology majors? Is narcissism more common among criminal justice majors? I suspect that there may be a correlation, though it would be much easier to
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