Running head: PSYCHOSOCIAL EXAMININATION IN SCHIZOPHRENIA
DAVID HELFGOTT: A PSYCHOSOCIAL EXAMININATION IN SCHIZOPHRENIA Abstract
This research paper examines the cinematic biographical adaptation of musical child prodigy David Helfgott. The paper will examine Helfgott during the following four stages of psychosocial development based on the psychosocial theory of Erik Erikson: Middle childhood (6-12), Early adolescence (12-18), Later adolescence (18-24) and Middle adulthood (34-60). Erik Erikson was a psychoanalyst who described development as a series of eight psychosocial stages. At each stage there are development tasks to master and a central conflict that the individual can resolve positively or negatively. The nature of the task mastered and the conflict resolution depends largely on the individuals relationship with others and through the individual's own choices. The examination of David Helfgott will reveal a negative outcome resulting from his apparent Schizophrenia. The paper will provide a five-axis diagnosis, hypothetical explanation of the Schizophrenia origin and finally treatment considerations. DAVID HELFGOTT: A PSYCHOSOCIAL EXAMININATION IN SCHIZOPHRENIA
Middle childhood: Industry versus Inferiority
During this stage, children make the transition from the world of the home to that of school and peers. Children learn to make things, use tools, and acquire the skills to be a worker and a potential provider. This is also the first time that children receive feedback from outsiders about their accomplishments. If children can discover pleasure in intellectual stimulation, being productive, seeking success, they will develop a sense of competence. If they are not successful or cannot discover pleasure in the process, they may develop a sense of inferiority and feelings of inadequacy that may haunt them throughout life. In summary, Helfgott appears to have no childhood friends. He is depicted as being close to his siblings. His authoritative father, Peter Helfgott who controls his daily interaction, shadows Helfgott. School age Helfgott displays concrete operations by playing complicate piano pieces and playing chess. Helfgott displays skilled learning by seeking competence and mastery over music. Helfgott self-evaluation revolves around what his father thinks what is important. Helfgott was never depicted participating in team sports. Helfgott addresses the psychosocial crisis of industry versus inferiority by striving to be an accomplished pianist. The central process of education is continuous through his music teacher and coaching by his father to always be a winner. Helfgott¡¦s prime adapt ego quality of competence reference a general belief in one¡¦s ability to get the job done Helfgott does not get the job done. Helfgott¡¦s core pathology of inertia, which references a paralysis of thought, and action that prevents productive work Helfgott appears to be passive. He is alone by the events that occur around him. Helfgott appears to be a normal but he is actually being sustained by his father and music teacher who place energy, enthusiasm or confidence inside of him to take action. Adolescence: Identity versus Role Confusion
During adolescence, we ask ourselves, "Who am I? Who do I want to be?" Answering these questions involves integrating the healthy resolution of all earlier stages. Adolescents must explore, test limits, become autonomous from parents, and commit to an identity, or sense of self. One can only establish an identity after trying out various roles, behaviors, and ideologies. Failure to achieve a sense of identity results in role confusion, an inability to make decisions and choices about vocation, sexual orientation, and one's role in life. Helfgott¡¦s stature in relation to his age appears normal his complexion pale, his face young-looking for chronological age. His facial expressions appear quizzical with a sheepish grin his eyes darting and hair style unremarkable. Helfgott...
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