One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Marissa Sobetski
University of Michigan-Dearborn

It is fairly often in pop culture that some form of entertainment focuses on some presentation of psychopathology; whether it is a novel, short story, pop-psychology book, or other media, such as film. The public seems to be fascinated by the “crazies” and their treatment. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, is one such film, this 1975 classic focuses on a character named Randle P. McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson), who is a convict sent to a northwestern psychiatric hospital for evaluation and treatment; whom while there, experiences electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) (Forman, 1975). But do they get it right? Does Jack Nicholson adequately portray a person with antisocial personality disorder? And does he receive the proper treatment? All of this combined leads us to question what have we taught the public about people with mental disorders and how they are to be treated. keywords: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, antisocial personality disorder, treatment, characteristics

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest In One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jack Nicholson plays a character called Randle P. McMurphy who has supposedly faked his way into the psych ward in order to have the rest of his time spent in relative comfort (Forman, 1975). But is McMurphy really faking it or is he using his pre-existing disorder in order to spend the rest of his time in relative comfort? I…
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