The effects of Social Phobia
Social Phobia is an anxiety disorder that affects a large number of the world population. Large strides have been made to understand this disorder and to help overcome it with drug therapy as well as with behavioral therapy. Social Phobia in more than half the population seems to precede certain disorders like Substance abuse disorder, Panic disorder and depression. Unlike other specific phobia's, social phobia begins in later adolescence or early adulthood (Hope & Heimberg, 1993; Well & Clark, 1997). College students much like us would fall under this category of late adolescent or early adulthood. In this study we will examine the effects of social phobia in specific areas. According to The DSM IV TR social phobia is identified and marked by the persistent fear of social or performance situations in which embarrassment may occur. Exposure to social or performance situations immediately provokes anxiety response. The adolescent and adults experiencing this fear and anxiety realize their fear is irrational or unreasonable. The feared social or performance situations are avoided or endured with great anxiety or distress. Avoidance provides negative re-enforcement. The anxiety in the social or performance situation interferes greatly with a persons normal routine, occupational functionalities, social activities or relationships etc. The fear or avoidance must not be due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or general medical condition and should not be better accounted for by another mental disorder. The symptoms of Social Phobia are not by any means a rare occurrence in the general normal population nor are they in college students. In fact using a general sample as a control group, social phobia research may result in lowered power given that the control group may exhibit many symptoms of social anxiety themselves (Hofmann and Roth, 1996). The most frequently asked items on the...
...MOVIE PAPER: IAMSAMMovie Paper: IamSam
We live in a society where media portrays a great deal of information on a daily basis. Movies, TV shows, videos, internet etc. all accommodate with portraying the information all around the world. The advantage of media is that it can educate viewers with all the different kind of information but it can also portray false delusions especially when dealing with people with some kind of disability. For this movie paper, I chose the movieIamSam. It’s a wonderful film about a mentally challenged man who has the power to teach others that love is really all you need.
Many diagnoses are being portrayed in this film such as, mental retardation and autism. Sam Dawson the protagonist of the movie is man who has a mental disability who has a mind of a 7 year old. He is a single father to his daughter Lucy; the mother was homeless and abandoned Sam and Lucy right after she was born. Despite his mental challenge, Sam was able to implement a loving and caring environment for Lucy with the help of his neighbor Annie. However, when Lucy turned 7 her capacity of knowledge was much greater than her fathers and she was taken away by child services and is put to a foster home....
...of film techniques to portray the conflicting ideas of competence in parenthood in relation with disabled parents in the movie ‘IamSam’?
Jessie Nelson’s ‘IamSam’ directed in 2001 tells a story of a mentally-challenged man, Sam Dawson, and his relentless fight with the legal system for custody of his daughter, Lucy Diamond Dawson. Nelson forces the audience to question Sam’s capabilities and limits of being a ‘good parent’ through symbolism, characterization, use of camera and editing techniques.
Social security services bring their attention to Sam and Lucy as her 8th birthday approaches. They are doubtful that Sam will be able to provide Lucy with the education and resources she deserves to reach her full potential as she slowly surpasses her father’s intellectual capabilities with the mentality of a 7-year-old.
‘All you need is love’ is the central quote of what the film’s message is built upon. Nelson’s use of a contradictory contrast between the two main characters sparks a conflict about what defines a good parent that challenges the viewer to ask themselves if love is enough. Sam is a very simple man. He is unexpectedly the dormant character in the film. Sam’s happiness solely relies on the happiness and security of his daughter Lucy alongside the support of his also mentally challenged close friends. On...
...Mikaela McMorine October 21st, 2012
Analyzing an Interview
Movie: IAmSam (directed by Jessie Nelson)
The individuals involved in the interview are a man diagnosed with Autism (subject S) and a female lawyer (subject R). They are connected through a professional-helping relationship. The incidents leading up to the interview are with regards to a custody battle concerning subject S and his seven year old daughter. His doctors have declared that the intellectual capacity of subject S does not exceed the age of seven. The issue arises when Child Protective Services deem subject S unfit and incapable of raising his daughter due to the fact that he is unable to hold down a steady job and that his daughter will eventually surpass his brain capacity in age. Subject S makes the conscious decision of hiring a lawyer to plead his case. The lawyer in question, or subject R, chooses to provide services to subject S free of charge.
During the custody battle, subject S is granted the opportunity to have short, supervised visits with his daughter. Shortly before the occurring of the interview, subject S and his daughter meet, followed by his daughter proposing to go to the park. She lies and tells him that the social worker gave her permission to go with him due to the fact that she did not spend enough time with him and she was crying. Once on their way, she explains to her father that the only possible...
Sam is the main character in ‘IAmSam’. He faces a number of issues throughout the movie, but the main hardship is to gain custody of his daughter. Sam’s role is a mentally retarded male, with a mental capacity of a seven year old. Sam’s daughter, Lucy, is seven and her teachers fear that Sam’s aptitude is holding her back because she does not want to be smarter than her father. Lucy loves Sam very much, however she knows he was not the average father, as she told her best friend that she was adopted. Lucy is taken away from Sam by the authorities and is only given visitational rights for a couple of hours each week while under supervision. Sam desperately seeks to gain back custody of Lucy.
The approach Sam uses to muddle through this adversity, is trying to find a lawyer who can represent him in court. Rita Harrison Williams is a top-notch lawyer and informs Sam he can’t afford her. As a result, Rita’s work colleagues assume she would never do Pro Bono because she is too good for that, however to Sam’s advantage, Rita decides to prove them wrong and takes Sam’s case on Pro Bono. This is great for Sam because he gets a top-quality lawyer to represent him in court for free, this illustrates Sam would have never been able to afford a lawyer...
...More than Black & White: Iam Who Iam
One thing that truly sparked my attention for this assignment is the title, “Who amI and Why Does it Matter?” Over twenty-two years of my existence, I still ask myself this question every day. I cannot guarantee that I have an absolute answer, for Iam still in the process of personal discovery and grasping the concept of personhood that differs at a particular time. What does it really mean to be me, especially at this point in time? AmI the same person now as opposed to say, a decade ago? As I take a step back and recollect all my past experiences in life, I noticed how much I have grown and how my perception of who and what Iam has significantly transformed. Each year contributes to my development as I transition from an adolescent into adulthood; each life stage marks a new beginning as I approach closer and closer towards uncovering this indeterminate question of “Who and what amI”?
I identify myself as a man; but what does it really mean to be a man? Is it solely defined by my biological features, the way in which Iam genetically born with male genitals? As I...
...1. Movie Title
2. Year of Production
2001 (Theatrical) 2002 (Home Video)
3. Feature Length
5. Producers and Studio
Director/Producer Jessie Nelson, Executive Producer David Scott Rubin & Producers Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Richard Solomon.
New Line Home Entertainment
6. Major Character Cast
Sam Dawson played by Sean Penn
Rita Harrison played by Michelle Pfeiffer
Lucy Diamond Dawson played by Dakota Fanning
7. Brief Synopsis
Mentally disabled Sam Dawson is a single father fighting to keep custody of his daughter Lucy with the help of his pro-bono lawyer, Rita Harrison.
11. Comparative Information
The movie portrays Sam Dawson as a mentally deficient parent. The closest the movie, and any resource on it, came to giving an actual diagnosis of his condition is given by a judge in the film stating " you have the mental capacity of a 7 year old." This movie revolves around Sam fighting for the right to raise his daughter beyond the age of 7. The film also has many sociological aspects that correspond to Sam and his daughter, Lucy's relationship as well as the effects on them separately.
In the large amount of legal proceedings Sam goes through in the movie, I expected to...
In this movie, Sam Dawson, is a developmentally disabled adult who has been raising his daughter Lucy for seven years. He receives help in raising Lucy from a group of friends that also have developmental disabilities.
Although Sam provides a loving and structured environment for Lucy, her intellectual development begins to surpass her fathers. Because Lucy’s school reported their findings of Lucy’s developmental progress possibly being altered by Sam’s disability, Lucy was taken by a social worker and placed in foster care.
Sam, who is faced with a nearly impossible-to-win case, decides to fight they system and pairs up with a popular attorney named Rita. It seemed impossible for Sam to win back custody, but he shoed people how much love and structure he gave to Lucy. Sam and Lucy’s love for each other made the people realize that they couldn’t keep Lucy away from her father. (Herskovitz, Soloman, & Nelson, 2001)
The main character, Sam Dawson, is an autistic 40-year-old man and is in the young adulthood developmental stage. He may have developed mental disabilities, but he does not have bad health and is physically fit. However, Sam does not always make healthy food choices, as he likes to go to IHOP every Wednesday and eat pancakes with a lot of sugary fruit toppings....
...The 2001 movieIAmSam moves beyond the role of an entertaining film and into the function of a social dissertation on the cultural depiction of disability in contemporary life. Directed by Jessie Nelson (Megan Dowdy, 2009), IAmSam follows a mentally challenged father, on his integral pursuit to regain custody of his 7 year old daughter Lucy. As a result, IamSam received acknowledgment for its aptitude and capability to approach the susceptible subject of cerebral disabilities and parenting.
In 2002, the Producers Guild of America awarded the producers and directors of the film with the first Stanley Kramer award for their ability to bring understanding to collective concerns. (Goodridge, 2002), therefore, the arrangement of the views articulated in this film can be assessed to establish how the representation of Sam as a disabled person fits within social constructs. IAmSam show’s two distinct techniques that framework influence of perception: the medical model and the social model.
In the medical model, societal perception is found in the physiological or psychological cause of the disability (Darke, P. 1997). As a result, disability is viewed as an illness that must be cured. According to editors Ann Pointon and Chris Davies, in the medical...