Category “Psychology”

The Trouble With Evan

This Fifth Estate documentary was filmed in 1994 and is about a troubled 11 year old called Evan and his family. His parents agreed to have video cameras installed in their home for a 3 month period which resulted in recording Evan’s emotional...

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Holding the Sun

In Holding the Sun we get to look into a Canadian family’s struggle to save their son from schizophrenia and cope with the consequences of the condition. The Millar family was torn apart when on May 30th, 1997, Ruth Millar’s son Aaron came calmly up behind her and stuck a sword through her heart. Earlier that morning Ruth wrote to her husband about Aaron’s schizophrenia. She said he was looking quite psychotic these days, not in a harmful way but simply because he lives in his own world. She explained that he would not let her show any affection towards him and had changed from the once...

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Shouting: Tierra

Would you cross the Atlantic on a sailboat? “Shouting: Tierra” is a short documentary that investigates the philosophical motivations that push people to sail the seas and to challenge the unknown. It is a film about the Atlantic crossing, but it is also a film about Nature and human nature. It is a film about the ocean, rather then a film about a boat or a...

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Wild Child The Story Of Feral Children

Interesting documentary which examines the myth and reality behind some of the most famous cases of feral children, who have been discovered around the World. There's some fascinating footage of kids who have allegedly been brought up by all sorts of animals, and we also hear about some of our traditional stories relating to children who have grown up primarily in the company of other living creatures. This film attempts to make us think about our place in the animal kingdom - What exactly does it mean to be a human being? Is nature or nurture more important for our conditioning? - but it...

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The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese

In 2012, Plymouth born Sarah Colwill was rushed to hospital with what seemed to be a severe migraine. Little did she suspect that when she woke up a few hours later her usual Devon accent would be replaced with one that left her sounding Chinese This sudden change of accent was later diagnosed as foreign accent syndrome a puzzlingly rare condition with no definitive cause. Sarah is currently delving into the world of science and medicine to come up with answers as to what happened in her head that day. Although she has the full support of her family behind her Sarah wants to know will she...

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Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler

Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler is a documentary, with dramatised elements, looking at the psychological profile of Adolf Hitler compiled by a team of Harvard psychologists in 1943.The film interviews former colleagues and the former family doctor who had fled to the USA and using Freudian techniques and theories of the day they came up with a profile and predicted how he would react to certain situations, concluding that he would not surrender and would be most likely to commit suicide when faced with defeat.This led to future profiling of many world leaders and...

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The Truth About Personality

Michael Mosley explores the latest science about how our personalities are created and whether they can be changed. Despite appearances, Mosley is a pessimist who constantly frets about the future. He wants to worry less and become more of an optimist. He tries out two techniques to change this aspect of his personality - with surprising results. He travels to the frontiers of genetics and neuroscience to find out about the forces that shape all our...

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I Woke Up Gay

In the small town of Ystrad Mynach, South Wales, seven years ago, a 19-stone rugby-playing ladies man and bank clerk Chris Birch snapped his neck while larking around doing somersaults and backflips with his friends. As the tabloids excitedly revealed a while ago, he suffered a massive stroke and woke up as a completely different person, a person who happened to be gay. It's well-documented that strokes can completely alter a person's character but Birch is one of the most extreme cases that neurologists have ever seen. Now 26 and a hairdresser, he has a fiancé called Jak (and no,...

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Up/Down

There are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder. In an attempt to eliminate the mystery and misinformation surrounding the illness, many throughout the country diagnosed with this condition were interviewed extensively. They diligently explain the struggle to balance themselves between floating to a state of euphoria and sinking to a devastating depression. In short, "Up/Down" is a personal analysis of bipolar disorder from those living with it. Looking for something with a more scientific or clinical angle? Try a textbook. "Bipolar disorder is just...

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