Amélie Abnormal Behavior

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Description of “abnormal” behavior In the film Amélie directed by Jean- Pierre Jeunet the protagonist Amélie’s behavior is consistent with the four D’s: deviance, distress, dysfunction, and danger. Amelia is considered deviant because her behaviors are “bizarre” and “unusual”. In the film she is portrayed as a shy young waitress who enjoys dipping her hand in grain of beans, skipping rocks, cracking creme brulee with a teaspoon, wondering how many orgasm occur in a day, and helping people around her in secret (2001 ,Pierre Jeunet) According to Comer, her behaviors are unusual and bizarre because they are “...different from those that are considered normal in [their] place and time” (p.2). Most of Amélie’s behavior do not cause distress…show more content…
Amélie began helping people after the death of Diana Princess of Wales was televised and the shock lend her to accidentally stumbled upon an old metal box that was left by a boy who lived in her apartment decades ago. When she locates the owner instead of handing him the mental box she places it in phone booth. She is far enough not to raise suspicion but near enough to guard to item and see his expression of joy when he is reunited with the item. After this event she is determined to continue helping people around her in secret. Until she met a young man named Nino who collects discarded photographs and falls in love. Meeting him causes her to feel negative emotions such as jealousy over a men she has never talked too. The relationship she concocted in her head enables her to see that helping other has led her to ignore her own needs. Her life is dysfunction because she has difficulty doing things she wants to do such as revealing her identity to Nino. Amélie actions are not only dangerous to her psychological well being but of the people she helps She deceives people and justifies her actions.For example she Grocer into believing he is going crazy because he mistreats his assistant by mocking…show more content…
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder 5th edition (DSM-5) defines social anxiety disorder formerly known as social phobia as an individual being “…fearful or anxious about or avoidance of social interactions and situations that involve the possibility of being scrutinized.” (p.190) the symptoms typically last six months or more. If individuals are exposed to social situations they fear being negatively evaluated: “will be humiliating or embarrassing; will lead to rejection or offend others” (DSM-5, 189). These emotions are produced when the individuals are exposed to social situation. In turn individual’s try to avoid social situations or endure them with intense fear or anxiety. The disorder causes significant distress or impairment. Etiological Conceptualization Biological, cognitive, behavioral and sociocultural models have different theories towards factors that contribute to anxiety. However the cognitive model, is the leading explanation for social anxiety disorder (Comer, 119).

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