Diagnosing And Treating The Ophelia Syndrome

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At one time or another, every person who has ever walked the face of this planet have been given orders from another. Choosing to follow those orders though have always been a choice. In choosing different choices, people have also always had consequences that followed their actions whether good or bad. What could the consequences of choosing to follow another and not ourselves be? Contrasting Thomas G. Plummer’s “Diagnosing and Treating the Ophelia Syndrome,” (1990/2012) and David Weinberger’s “Social Knowing” (2008/2012) sheds light on this question. Plummer 's article talks about what he calls is the Ophelia Syndrome, which turns an adult into a child from unquestionably following the orders of another. While Weinberger’s article follows a different line of thinking that leads him to conclude that we can learn from others. Examining these texts leads to the discovering of what it means to be independent in group setting.
In his article “Diagnosing and Treating the Ophelia Syndrome,” (1990/2012) Thomas G. Plummer, a professor of Germanic and Slavic languages, gives an insight into what he calls the Ophelia Syndrome. He describes this syndrome as people choosing to be reliant on another to tell them what to think and how to feel. He gets the name for this syndrome from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3, where Polonius tells Ophelia to think of herself as a child. Plummer suggests six different treatments to treat this syndrome. The first treatment is to learn from great

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