From the desk of a psychologist!

I am sharing this amazing piece of work from an unknown author. Hope you enjoy it :)
The following is a list of FILMS and the topics they may pertain to for the demonstration of psychological topics, themes, disorders and/or the characterization of the mental health worker and/or facilities.
12 Angry Men:  eyewitness accounts; memory; projection

12 Monkeys:  disorganized schizophrenia


28 Days:  alcoholism

50 First Dates:  short-term memory; head trauma


A Beautiful Mind:  paranoid schizophrenia

A Clockwork Orange:  behavior modification; sociopath

Affliction:  alcoholism

American Psycho:  sociopath; narcissistic and/or antisocial personality disorder

Apocalypse Now:  stress; post-traumatic stress disorder; "madness"

Analyze This:  psychotherapy

An Angel at My Table:  madness

Arachnophobia:  arachnophobia (fear of spiders)

As Good As It Gets:  obsessive-compulsive disorder

Awakenings:  medication intervention; catatonic states


Basketball Diaries:  heroin addiction

Beaches:  histrionic personality

Benny and Joon:  paranoid schizophrenia

Bell Jar:  mental breakdown

Bill:  mental retardation

Boys Don't Cry:  gender identity; homophobia

Breakfast Club:  adolescence; identity

Cape Fear:  antisocial personality disorder; sociopath

The Cell:  sleep and dreams; consciousness

Charly:  mental retardation

Clean and Sober:  alcoholism

Coming Home:  post-traumatic stress disorder

Copycat:  agoraphobia; sociopathic personality

Crumb:  schizoid personality disorder; schizophrenia

Dominick and Eugene:  mental retardation

Dream Team:  mental institution portrayal


Drugstore Cowboy:  drug addiction
Fly Away Home:  imprinting

Folks:  Alzheimer's

Frances:  institutionalization; lobotomy

French Kiss:  aerophobia (fear of flying)

Freud:  psychoanalysis

Girl, Interrupted:  borderline personality disorder; depression; suicide

Good Will Hunting:  conduct disorder; patient-therapist interaction

High Anxiety:  acrophobia (fear of heights)

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden:  schizophrenia

In Cold Blood:  sociopaths

Inception:  dreams, perceptions

Jacob's Ladder:  post-traumatic stress disorder; drug addiction

Lars and the Real Girl:  delusions

Leaving Las Vegas:  alcoholism

Matchstick Men:  obsessive-compulsive disorder; agoraphobia

Memento:  short-term memory loss; head trauma

Mr. Jones:  bipolar disorder (manic/depression)

Nell:  language acquisition

Nuts:  psychological disturbance

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest:  intitutionalization; electroshock therapy; depression

Ordinary People:  depression; suicide; therapy

Overboard:  amnesia/fugue

The Other Sister:  mental retardation

Postcards From the Edge:  drug and alcohol addiction

Primal Fear:  dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder)

Prince of Tides:  therapy; repressed memories

Rain Man:  autism

Requiem for a Dream:  prescription and illicit drug addiction

Seven:  sociopath; narcissistic and/or antisocial personality disorder

Silence of the Lambs:  sociopath


The Sixth Sense:  child therapist

The Snake Pit:  institutionalization; mental breakdown

Sommersby:  amnesia; fugue; post-traumatic stress disorder

Sybil:  dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder)

Trading Places:  nature vs. nurture

Trainspotting:  heroin addiction

Tuesdays with Morrie:  bereavement, developmental stages, death

Unstrung Heroes:  obsessive-compulsive disorder

Vertigo:  anxiety disorders

What About Bob?:  obsessive-compulsive disorder; portrayal of therapist and patient

What Dreams May Come:  consciousness; death; bereavement; depression

When a Man Loves a Woman:  alcoholism; co-dependency
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Comments on: "If you’re interested in Psychology & Movies, this is the post for you!" (3)

  1. Greeting from across the ocean. excellent article I must return for more.

  2. I reckon something really interesting about your blog so I saved to my bookmarks .

  3. JYOTI AGARWAL said:

    Real amazing.. though i have seen few of them but now i have got target and i have to see them all….

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