Candace Resendez-Singh Psychology 101/ Extra Credit April 28th, 2012
Donnie Darko/Abnormal Psychology
Donnie Darko is a movie about a young teen that experienced many abnormal things in his life that are said to be associated with a psychological disorder. Basically the movie is about an imaginary friend, Frank, (a demonic bunny with a scary voice) that only Donnie Darko can see and hear. Frank convinces Donnie into committing several acts of violence. He convinced Donnie that the world would end and gave him exact day, hour, and minute this was supposed to take place; He convince Donnie to go flood the school he attended and to even set fire to someone’s house; he convinced him he would be in great danger if he didn’t follow through with theses horrific events. Apparently the imaginary friend came from time travel and Donnie himself gets interested in the meaning of time travel and also finds that a close neighbor has also experienced what he has. Both of their experiences were just too similar to be only a coincidence for Donnie, so he believed in time travel very much. Could it be that they are just both experiencing the same abnormal psychological disorder and that is why the same signs and symptoms occur in the both of them. Makes you wonder!!
Abnormal psychology studies unusual patterns of behavior, emotion, and thought in order to predict, interpret, describe, explain and change abnormal patterns of functioning which may or may not be a mental disorder. It is not as uncommon as one may think, in fact thousands of people suffer from this disorder; some suffer mental disorders until they are dead. There are several theories as to why abnormal behavior occurs....
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