A Beautiful Mind Psychological Review

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Psychological Analysis A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 movie loosely based on The American mathematician John Nash. The movie follows John Nash played by Russell Crowe and his development of delusional episodes and paranoid schizophrenia. Enrolled at Princeton in 1948, John Nash stood out from the rest, detached from the world. With an introverted personality, he devoted himself to finding a unique mathematical theorem that would be completely original. With his success, John becomes a professor at MIT where he meets and eventually marries a student of his, Alicia.
With the progression of time John becomes more unstable with his delusions which force him to become more self-aware in hopes to control his illness and work and function normally. In 1948, John Nash attended Princeton where he met his best friend Charles Herman. An unusual friendship begins between the two, but we later discover that Charles Herman is a figment of Nash’s delusions which emerged to help him cope with the stress and anxiety of his competitive surrounding and pressure to publish an original mathematical idea.
This is the first sign of a split reality in Nash’s “beautiful” mind. The second occurs after Nash returns from the Pentagon after being invited to crack encrypted Russian communications. He was able to decipher the encryption mentally, which astonished the other code breakers in the room. With a feeling of disinterest in his duties at MIT, Nash’s second illusion comes to life. William Parcher from the US Department of Defense “recruits” Nash to decipher communications of the Russians hidden in public magazines and newspapers.
During a class at MIT, Nash meets Alicia. The two fall in love which heightens Nash’s emotions. At a return visit to Princeton, Nash anxiety levels causes him the allusion his former roommate who now has a niece he takes care of to return. Nash asks his allusion whether he should marry Alicia or not. This shows that Charles was created to help Nash cope with anxiety and stress of his life. His allusions grew stronger and his mentality degraded.
After his marriage his allusions grew as his split reality that he created where he works for the government becomes fearful. Nash is forcibly sent to a psychiatric facility where he comes to slight reasonability that what he experienced were delusions so he agrees to take medication. His antipsychotic drugs caused side effects that limited his abilities. After deciding to stop taking his drugs, Nash’s state degenerated to an even worse state than before as an effect of rebound.
After an incident where he leaves his new born baby that was in the tub in the care of his “friend” Charles, Alicia picks up the phone to call the psychiatric facility and Nash ends up hurting her after William Parcher shows up in his kitchen telling him she is a liability. His actions cause his motivations to change and he became more self-aware that the three people: William, Charles, and Charles’ niece are all hallucinations after realizing that none of them age throughout the years.
Deciding not to restart his medication, Nash lived by ignoring his hallucinations. With the aid of his wife, Nash began working at Princeton in the library as being in familiar places helped him deal with his delusions. Nash slowly learned to ignore his illusions as he grew older. Eventually, he was given the privilege of teaching again. Nash is honored by his fellow professors for his achievements in mathematics and he wins the Nobel Prize for his revolutionary theorem he published all those years back for his doctorate.

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