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Silver Linings Playbook Character Mental Analysis

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Devon Shalom

on 8 December 2014

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Transcript of Silver Linings Playbook Character Mental Analysis

Silver Linings Playbook
abnormal psychology on the big and small screens
borderline personality disorder (tiffany)
frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating extreme idealization or devaluation
identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging
recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats
affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood
chronic feelings of emptiness
inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger
transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms
her husband recently got killed by a car
blames her current personality issues on grief
presents symptoms of bpd but she's undiagnosed
tiffany (jennifer lawrence)
pat (bradley cooper)
trigger: seeing his wife in the shower with his co-worker with tenure
song from their wedding playing in the background
restraining order from wife
exhibits several (hypo)manic and depressive swings during the movie (bipolar I)
was recently discharged from the hospital
treatment: currently on medication and in therapy as a compromise wit the courts
blames his instability on his childhood and his parents
bipolar disorder
mood swings with bipolar I cause significant difficulty in your job, school or relationships. manic episodes can be severe and dangerous
borderline personality disorder
bipolar disorder (pat)
euphoria, inflated self-esteem, poor judgment, rapid speech, racing thoughts, aggressive behavior, agitation or irritation, increased physical activity, risky behavior, spending sprees or unwise financial choices, increased drive to perform or achieve goals, increased sex drive, decreased need for sleep, easily distracted, careless or dangerous use of drugs or alcohol, frequent absences from work or school, delusions or a break from reality (psychosis), poor performance at work or school
(hypo)manic phase
depressive phase
sadness, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts or behavior, anxiety, guilt, sleep problems, low appetite or increased appetite, fatigue, loss of interest in activities once considered enjoyable, problems concentrating, irritability, chronic pain without a known cause, frequent absences from work or school, poor performance at work or school
treatment plan (tiffany)
since they are more likely to seek help than other personality disorders or anxiety disorders, treatment is plausible
cbt (cognitive behavioral therapy)
help change core beliefs that underlie inaccurate perceptions of themselves and others
helps aid interpersonal relationships
dbt (dialectal behavioral therapy)
help reduce self-damaging behaviors
helps aid interpersonal relationships
anti-psychotics & anti-convuslants to help manage symptoms
causes of bpd
triple vulnerability theory:
generalized biological vulnerability:
emotional reactivity and affect on brain function
generalized psychological vulnerability:
view world as threatening and thus react strongly to real and perceived threats
specific psychological vulnerability
learned from early environmental experiences (trauma or abuse may instigate/trigger sensitivity to threats)

clinical description
pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self image, and affects, indicated by 5 or more of the following:
film analysis
we chose this movie because borderline personality disorder (bpd) interests us a lot and it is a large part of this movie
setting: philadelphia
background: pat, recently lost his job and was recently discharged from a mental institution. He learns that his wife Nikki has moved away and that his father is out of work. Both of his parents have ocd.
the film does a good job of portraying bipolar disorder
although it is never specified which type of the disorder pat has, his symptoms point towards bipolar I
several (hypo)manic and depressive episodes
even though it's undiagnosed, the portrayal of tiffany's possible bpd is also good
all the symptoms presented were accurate of those of a person with bpd
in order to make the film more accurate, a specification of the type of disorder should have been made for pat
in a therapist's office or a hospital it would make sense to specify the specific disorder instead of remaining so broad so as to as treatment
treatment should have been more consistent throughout the film
public's perception of mental illnesses discussed
bipolar disorder
seriously addresses the disorder while also maintaining the comic relief of 'silver linings' throughout the film
although pat considers tiffany crazier than himself, her illness is not taken seriously enough to be diagnosed, she's just a crazy person mourning
overall view of mental illness
the film takes into account that mental illness is a part of society and overall has a positive outlook on it
those suffering with mental illness should be allowed to participate in society over being kept in a hospital with other mentally unstable people
plot summary
pat is released from the mental institution and finds out that his wife, Nikki has moved away and becomes determined to get her back.
pat was hospitalized after he found his wife in the shower w/ the history teacher from his school and nearly beat the man to death
he changes his outlook on life and attempts to find the "silver linings"
pat meets tiffany maxwell at his friend ronnie's home. tiffany recently lost her husband. tiffany offers to deliver a letter to nikki from pat if pat enters a dance competition with her. He agrees, and they rehearse for a couple weeks.
pat's father bet nearly all of his money on the Philadelphia Eagles' winning their game, but once Pat is hauled back from the game by the police, the eagles end up losing.
tiffany claims that she is good luck for the eagles. pat's dad makes a bet that if the eagles win their game against the cowboys, and if tiffany and pat get a score of 5 at the dance competition, he will win back twice the amount of money that he lost.
the eagles beat the cowboys, and tiffany & pat get a score of 5.
nikki is in the audience, but pat chooses tiffany that he loves her instead of going back to her
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