Behavior Disorders in the Shinning

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The Shining

The Shinning, a horror movie that was released in 1980, featured Jack Nicholson, as a writer who is left in charge of the Overlook hotel during the winter. During this time Jack began to developed schizophrenia among many other personality and mood disorders and attempts to murder his own family. After reviewing this film it became apparent that there was a mixture of accuracy and exaggeration of the development of schizophrenia. Jack had this disorder, but also had symptoms of other personality and mood disorders. For the sake of Hollywood the film did take schizophrenia to entirely new levels. Some of this hype was generated around Jack becoming a full fledge killer. The delusions that he suffered from were undeniably
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I feel that although Jack had more symptoms of schizophrenia it could be justified that he had an antisocial personality disorder. He never had any regret about his actions. When he began following through with his plan to kill his wife and son, it was if he was in a blind rage. He had no sense of emotion or regret, only a thirst to kill. Although not exactly precise, his deviant plans were planned out thoroughly and not executed at the spur of the moment. An example of this is when he disconnected all of the wires of the snowmobile and the two-way radio. Also, when his wife would speak to him about changing and not being so violent he would agree and act as if everything was ok. In these actions it became clear that he was very manipulative in order to get his way.
The main disorder that seems to be very distinctive throughout this movie is schizophrenia. However, because alcohol does play into the scenario it can become hard to depict what are actually brain severities and what is altered by the substance. Jack displays signs of schizophrenia in many different forms. In some instances he is catatonic and in others he is very emotional. Jack's catatonic state occurs after he is seduced by the woman in room 217. His eyes become fixated and all movements stop. Another example is when he is sleeping and Danny comes into the room to wake him. He holds his child, but shows no signs of emotion.
Jack also shows very emotional states as