Randle Mcmurphy In One Flew Over The Cuckoo

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Determining what defines an abnormal behavior is not simply black and white. To evaluate and diagnose someone it takes clinical assessment and observation of their character and behavior. This paper will review the character of Randle McMurphy from the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. By utilizing the DSM-5 criteria for Personality Disorders Randle could be diagnosed as Antisocial Personality Disorder because of the behaviors he exhibited throughout the movie. The Movie Character’s behavior In the movie “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Randle McMurphy is a rather sane man who chose to be institutionalized instead of residing at a "prison farm"(1975). McMurphy is a risk taker with a vulgar mouth, endless energy, and he enjoys challenging…show more content…
Antisocial personality disorder is described to be the tendencies to disregard and violate the rights of others around them. (Psychologytoday.com, 2017) There are many symptoms to look at for the mental illness. The DSM-5 lists many traits that people carry with them when having the illness much like Randle McMurphy. Randle was arrested and sent to work on the work farms for statutory rape. Although it is depicted in the movie that he might be faking being mentally ill; committing the crime of statutory rape meets a criterion of Antisocial Personality Disorder. People with this disorder have an impairment with intimacy. The want to control others or intimidate them. Even though Randle states that she was willing when speaking of the sexual encounter. Randle is quite intimidating, so the young lady may have felt pressured and persuaded into the sex act. While he was in the ward during the movie he depicted some other characteristics of being mentally ill such as manipulativeness, callousness, hostility, irresponsibility, impulsivity, risk taking, impairments in empathy, and poor self-direction. Along with his statutory rape he has five assault
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