Decision making; the process of evaluating positives, negatives, and alternatives before selecting an option. To make impactful decisions, one must be able to forecast and weigh all outcomes intelligently, then make the best decision for the situation at hand. However, there is an obstacle, the ego. As defined by Sigmund Freud, ego, is the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and unconscious, distinguishes between reality, and contains ideas about personal identity. It has something of a metaphysical and personal importance that is crucial to decision making and critical thinking. Those who tend to struggle the most with relationships, decision making, and critical thinking, are those who
A person’s character is defined by a distinctive set of traits and their behavioral patterns. One’s personality affects their attitudes, beliefs, and the way they perceive the world. People with healthy personalities easily form relationships and find coping methods to handle everyday stresses. Those who struggle with a personality disorder have difficulty interacting with others. They tend to have inflexible thoughts and behaviors in social situations (Noggle, Rylander, & Soltys, 2013). In The Neuropsychology of Psychopathology, the author states that “a personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations
When considering the term “narcissism,” one often conjures up the image of a conceited, self-absorbed person who excessively praises their own perfection. However, narcissism as a psychological disorder is much deeper. According to licensed mental health counselor Michael Samsel, narcissism is best described as “organizing one 's life around the goal of being superior.” And yet, “superiority is not just about learning to do one or more things well, it is about hiding any evidence of imperfection in other areas” (Samsel). A narcissistic personality often causes turmoil, with the ever-present black hole of self-importance potentially manifesting into an abusive relationship. In The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a narcissistic personality is seen in the character of Dimmesdale, the reverend in the Puritan town of 17th century Boston, and secret lover of Hester Prynne. Hester, having given birth to a child out of wedlock, is forced to wear the letter “A” on her chest as punishment for her adultery. She is ceaselessly insulted and ostracized by the other Puritans for the rest of her time in the town. Meanwhile, Hester refuses to reveal who her lover is and thus, Dimmesdale is able to maintain his facade of a pure and holy reverend. However, Dimmesdale belittles Hester’s suffering while punishing himself out of shame, revealing his narcissistic tendencies.
The cartoon Spongebob Squarepants is an American classic; premiering in mid-1999, the show has since become enormously popular and a widely-recognized cultural staple. The show’s content resembles the American cultural standards in a similar way– take the episode Snowball Effect, for example: the nation’s civilization is oozing out of Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward’s misadventures. The episode demonstrates the common draw to conflict and competition that is buried deep within the American identity.
Valdoz states, “Humans are Squidwards who dream of balance and perfection. However, when everything flows smoothly, we ‘die’ of boredom” (Valdoz 1). At first Squidward is delighted about his new lifestyle but quickly grows to despise it. Rebelling against this “utopia” such as Harrison did against the Handicapper General and longing to return to his old unpredictable bizarre life in Bikini Bottom. Even if equality was somehow achieved humanity will never let it last. We, as humans, are intolerant selfish creatures and would rather live comfortably than sacrifice for the common
One of the most notorious cases of the insanity plea took place during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. A man by the name of John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan in an attempt to impress a young actress named Jodie Foster. Hinckley manifested several signs of mental illness early in his adult life, prior to his assassination attempt. As a teenager and young adult, Hinckley lived an unenthusiastic, melancholy life. He began to develop signs of depression in his teen years, and swore not to attend college. His mood was made clear in his several suicide attempts throughout his early life. However, with his discovery of actress Jodie Foster, his attitude began to change from depressed to infatuated.
Both of Sigmund Freud and Fredrick Nietzsche argue that the Narcissism phenomenon is based on self-interest and remarkable care on the one's own personality while ignoring the others feelings, the person who is recognized with Narcissism is more often suffer from certain disorders, such as avoiding social interactions, irresponsibility toward different issues in addition to weird reactions and behaviors. Thus, we can relate the issue of victor as egoistic and isolated persona from the social life, Freud maintains" Neurosis is the result of a conflict between the ego and its id, whereas relation between the ego and its environment (outer world)". (Sigmund Freud, 1959, pp.250-251). Victor has inner self-conflicts between what happens in real-time and his own character which needs to be "chasing" after greatness and self-care, his choices toward the current events are main hints to his narcissistic thinking. Moreover that, Fredrick Nietzsche argues:" its care for the future promised in him which gives the well-constituted individual such an extraordinary right to egoism". Nietzsche adds that the narcissism is always has a strong connection with the pleasure for his own profit, as long as the egoistic character seek for receiving his own leisure the others will be neglected and things get wasted because of his
Furthermore, the show “Spongebob Squarepants” has numerous actions that remove a frame or gesture off a character. For example, if Patrick was melancholy, Spongebob would make him feel superior by buying him something, or doing something to make him chuckle. Patrick would do the same for Spongebob if he felt melancholic or indignant as well. These are examples of actions that take place in almost every episode of the show.
The case study of Nick, paints the picture of a young African-American man whose larger than life personae seems to be in sharp contrast with the realities of his existence. An uncharacteristic moment of genuineness and vulnerability, in which he expressed his feelings of depression and past suicidal thoughts to his doctor, has opened the door for Nick to delve into his mental and emotional issues with a therapist. However, his false bravado and self-created grandiose image, will most likely impede his ability to accept the needed treatment and potentially diminish the likelihood for a positive prognosis. A thorough familiarity with his diagnoses, background, cultural influences, treatment history and motivation to fully engage in the process are needed to develop an effective treatment plan for this young man.
What constitutes “masculinity?” Sadly, the term has been defined so harshly that it is having detrimental effects on our society. The definitions of gender roles bombard us everywhere, from books, to advertisements, to movies, there is seemingly no place one can hide from these absurd standards. Canadian sociologist Aaron H. Devor points out in his article “Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender,” that gender norms are learned early on in life, burdening children with these restrictions (388). This is what makes movies which clearly reject and mock gender roles, such as The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, so refreshing. This film opens in a dream that SpongeBob is having about being the new manager at his city’s favorite
In the short story “The Vacation Crush of Squid Girl” written by Todd Strasser, Sierra initially declares she despises nature, but she personally admires it. During a vacation she goes on with her nature-loving parents, Sierra, the protagonist, reveals her interest by her knowledge of nature, describing items in a positive tone, and her clever use of sarcasm.
Whether she is singing "Part of Your World" from within a cavern filled with knick-knacks or watching longingly as her sisters partake in the wonders of age old traditions on the surface, the Little Mermaid is a fairytale character which countless children have enjoyed encountering throughout the nearly two centuries that she has existed. In the time between The Little Mermaid 's conception and the present, this tale about a young sea-princess longing for a life out of the ocean has been adapted into multiple stories, plays, musicals, and films; yet, with each adaptation comes a different set of artistic liberties taken by the creators which meld the mermaid into a form which vastly contrasts with the original text. The original Little Mermaid
Suppose you have recently graduated from your college and ready to face the corporate honchos. Tomorrow you have an interview with a multinational company and you are very much excited about that. Also you have prepared well and are confident enough that you will perform well in the interview.