Devin Udall Gets Psychology

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From a learning perspective on Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, excessive parental discipline may lead to obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Children whose behavior is rigidly controlled and punished by parents, even for slight transgressions, may develop inflexible, perfectionist standards. As these children mature, they strive to develop themselves in an area in which they excel, as a way of avoiding parental criticism or punishment. Melvin Udall displays many distressful characteristics of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder throughout the movie including anger and sudden outbursts when things arn't going the way they're supposed to. The opening scene is, Mr. Udall getting off of the elevator at his apartment (with gloves on from fear…show more content…
In this film, it is apparent that Melvin Udall does not take any medication. When he enters his doctors office and asked why everything is changed around, the doctor states it's been that way for two years. Although, Melvin arrived to his doctors with great intentions on being treated, the scene proves that he has gone years without treatment. There are great improvements in Melvin's character once he does start taking his medication and he becomes more aware of his actions and his problems/diagnosis. After taking his medication and tolerating the dog and his neighbor, he becomes more pleasant and soon gains a friend, his neighbor Simon and a lover, his server, Carol. The film, As Good As It Gets displays a great deal of the behaviors, reactions, and distresses one would experience with a diagnoses with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. His daily behavior throughout the day including; locking the door multiple times, counting how many times he turn the lights on and off, and tapping his feet before putting his house shoes on. Although, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder is not stated throughout the film, learning about the disorder itself shows that Melvin Udall does indeed suffer from this disorder. People in his apartment building despise him because he is always rude, has no tolerance for different sexual preferences, different ethnic groups, or people in general. As stated in Abnormal Psychology Changes In A Normal World, people with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder tend to be inflexible and overly rigid in issues of morality and

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