a highly entertaining and excellent movie!

anonymous asked:

Hi, could you possibly suggest movies that, in your personal opinion, most accurately reflect mental illness? Thank you!

It’s a great question, so I am glad to! Before my list, I would like to emphasize that my knowledge on mental illness is nowhere near professional, and it’s difficult to assess the accuracy of portrayals in film because the effects are different for everyone, but these are my opinions based on what I do know and/or personal experience.

Let’s start with Anxiety Disorders:

Brothers (2009): Focuses on PTSD after returning from war.

The Aviator (2004): A biographical film about Howard Hughes, who had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which is highlighted throughout the film.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011): Another harrowing look at PTSD after suffering emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of a cult.

Mood Disorders:

A Woman Under the Influence (1974): I don’t believe it’s ever specified what she has, but I think Bipolar Disorder is best suited. It’s absolutely worth the almost three hour run-time. I highly recommend it!

Inside Out (2015): This kids movie is great in its depiction of mental health as a whole, especially depression.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Bradley Cooper’s character has Bipolar Disorder and Jennifer Lawrence plays a character with Borderline Personality Disorder, which are both excellently portrayed.

Filth (2013): While this movie may seem like an entertaining look in the life of a degenerate, the symptoms of the main character’s Bipolar Disorder become tragically evident in the second half of the film.

The Virgin Suicides (1999): I don’t need to say much about this one, besides that despite the picturesque visuals of the movie, you can feel the depression when you watch it.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010): For its subject matter, it’s a pretty fun-loving movie, but it accurately shows multiple illnesses, one that was unfortunately personal to the author of the book that lead him to end his life.

A Single Man (2009): The main character’s depression is worsened when he experiences the loss of his partner.

Prozac Nation (2001): Based on the memoir of Elizabeth Wurtzel and her struggle with major depression. It’s not the best adaptation, but still a personal look at the illness.

Synecdoche, New York (2008): It’s a weird one, which is to be expected from director Charlie Kaufman, but it offers almost a metaphorical look at depression, while also being filled with relatable commentary.

Short Term 12 (2013): It includes several mental illnesses, but focuses on mood disorders, particularly in adolescents.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2011): Although Charlie is undoubtedly affected by PTSD, he also experiences major depression.

The Saddest Boy in the World (2006): I promise you that it lives up to its title, as you won’t find another short film that makes you want to kill yourself within a 13 minute span.

Veronika Decides to Die (2009): This is another one I wouldn’t say is the best adaptation, but it’s still somewhat insightful, just not as well detailed as the book.

Two Days, One Night (2014): Definitely one of the best on the list for its portrayal of someone with clinical depression, and also one of the few I enjoy that has an uplifting ending.

Downloading Nancy (2008): I included this one for the result of an extreme case of a depressive disorder and because I can easily relate to the main character.

The End of the Tour (2015): A biographical film related to writer David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide. It doesn’t necessarily focus on any mental illness, but there’s a sense of melancholy throughout.

The Sunset Limited (2011): I hesitated including this one, but it’s a phenomenal philosophical look at human suffering and the depressed mind. It’s also very dear to me because not only does hopelessness prevail, but it’s one of the few movies where it’s strong enough for the other to lose faith.

And now for my two favorites: The Fire Within (1963) and Melancholia (2011). The Fire Within is special for how it accurately portrays a depressed man, as well as people’s common reactions to that illness. As for Melancholia, it also shows anxiety, but Justine’s representation of depression is the true focus. It’s just as debilitating for the viewer as it is for the character. Anyone who’s seen the movie can attest to that. “I smile, and I smile, and I smile.”

Personality Disorders:

Mommie Dearest (1993): She has several.

Misery (1990): I believe most have concluded Annie Wilkes had Borderline Personality Disorder.

Girl, Interrupted (1999): It’s probably the most popular movie that focuses on mental illness, and included it in this category since both of the main characters have personality disorders.

Cracks (2009): Miss G is a character with BPD.

A Clockwork Orange (1971): I think everyone knows the ultra-violent man this movie is included for.

The Killer Inside Me (2010): It seems to be a very realistic portrayal of a sociopath.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011): Granted it’s more detailed in the book, Kevin is one of the best fictional characters with ASPD.

American Psycho (2000): Bateman is another self-explanatory inclusion.

Gone Girl (2014): Amy Dunne is frighteningly well played.

Benny’s Video (1992): I think Benny shows the early signs of developing ASPD. There’s a particular scene that highlights it best that I find scarring.

Nightcrawler (2014): Lou Bloom is a great example, whose subtleties are what truly make his character.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): I suppose this one is debatable, but it focuses on mental illness, in general, so it should be included.

Taxi Driver (1976): Definitely one of the best character studies ever.

The most accurate example, since it’s about the everyday sociopath, is Chad from the highly underrated In the Company of Men (1997). I have never seen a crueler act than the one in this movie.

I could have included more in this section, but the longer I think about the selections, the more I find wrong with them.

Psychotic Disorders (mostly all of these deal with Schizophrenia):

Benny and Joon (1993)

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012): It’s arguable whether or not this animation relates to schizophrenia, but it’s a beautiful movie, nonetheless.

Repulsion (1965)

Shutter Island (2010)

A Beautiful Mind (2001): Based on John Nash.

Black Swan (2010): Nina’s psychosis is linked to other disorders, as well.

Pi (1998)

Birdman (2014)

They Look Like People (2015): This one is somewhat geared as a thriller/horror movie, but I think it helps in understanding how strong and threatening some manifestations can be.

My personal favorite would have to be Clean, Shaven (1993), and none of the others compare, honestly. Everything about it is amazing.

It’s important that mental illness has accurate representation in film, so I would love if anyone provided more suggestions!

ericjolras  asked:

Would you be able to do a ENTP functional analysis please? They're really really good :)

^ The ENTP in a nutshell.

But if you want a more complicated explanation, keep reading.

One common misconception is that ENTPs have a never-ending stream of ideas running through their heads at all times; actually, because Ne is their dominant function, and thus they use it most unconsciously and have a lot of experience with maturing it, ENTPs have great control over it and use it in far more powerful ways than the other types (excluding ENFPs). Random connections, references, and bursts of thought might go on in their head, but they aren’t always inclined to share their ideas, so the 10th/11th Doctor stereotypes are ENTPs taken to extremes.

Dominant Ne is about making connections between things, discerning the punch line, plot twist, or villain before the big reveal (frequently, ENTPs solve the crimes before Sherlock does, because their Ne is quicker than Moffat’s reveals), and having lots of ideas over a span of time. They tend to write novels somewhat haphazardly and their ideas and plans for the ending change and evolve as better ideas come to them. Primarily, their focus is on building a worldview through constant connections; every piece of information the ENTP encounters is processed and added to a greater picture of humanity, the world, the people in their life, etc., at large.

They crave new ideas and experiences because it enables them to continue building their knowledge database; it excites them to encounter new thoughts, philosophies, and ideas. Their minds are swift, constantly scanning for potential ways to see things in a new light. They never let up on their search for mental stimulation (which means they are easily bored) but are able to process things quickly. Plus, because they are seeing the big picture and its variables all at once, it’s common for them to entertain different interpretations of one thing as being possibly true (what is the meaning of this film? there are five different things going on under the surface, and the director/writer might have intended them all, or none of them, but all the different perspectives have merit). Ne works so fast that one thought might be gone before they have time to share it — and they no longer remember what it was! Ne also means they “cherry pick” the philosophies they like most, and hold onto them; so their search for truth and ultimate conclusions may come from a much wider array of sources than other types.

Ne also enables them to read situations and instinctively know what is happening beyond superficial interactions; since it is paired with Fe, which reads the EMOTIONAL aspect of a room, ENTPs have a remarkable insight into other people — their intuition reads between the lines and their Fe gives their intuition information about the emotions involved. This information is then sent quietly to their Ti, which takes a totally objective, impartial standpoint on all information being processed — even other people. The ENTP can love someone and still see and admit to their flaws. Ti gives them an intense desire to understand… everything. How people work. How systems work. How politics works. It is never enough simply to like something; they want to know why they like it, why they respond the way they do, and even whether or not their own emotional response is logical and/or valid given the situation. It’s not uncommon for them to discuss their own previous emotional responses as if they are talking about someone else.

ENTPs who have matured their Fe are locked in a struggle between detached logic and high emotionality, which invests in whatever is in front of them and mirrors others’ emotions. They can be frustrated at their own emotions, because they feel out of control and unnatural when pressed up against their ability to tear apart even the things they like and point out its flaws.

Inferior Si plays both a positive and irritating role in their life; it fails them when it comes to remembering details that the ENTP considers “boring,” but is great for accessing previous stored images, dialogue, and “references” that pop into their head whenever Ne encounters something similar to something it has seen before (that’s why ENTPs are so great at having “a movie quote for every occasion”; their brain accesses stored information, zips to word referencing, and brings an image, sentiment, or line of dialogue relating to the topic at hand into their mind).

ENTPs are excellent at thinking up creative ways around problems, improvising on the spot, entertaining other people with their rapier wit, coming up with pop culture references at the drop of a hat, and pointing out all the logical errors in just about anything. Their Ne-Fe combination makes them highly entertaining (with a love for amusing other people) and gives them a natural flair for drama, which they can enhance for comedic effect. Despite their brilliance, and even though they can be quite serious when the situation calls for it, they are also hard-wired to see the funny side of life and can point out the humor in just about any situation.