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Caa, Analyn C.

III-9 BS Psychology
Reflection Paper on One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest
There is a thin line between normal and abnormal. R.P Mc Murphy is a
normal person even though he is suspected to be insane that is why he is
admitted to a mental hospital. Despite the fact that he is admitted to asylum, he
was able to feel the freedom from the jail where he came from, and was able
to interact with his inmates in the institution. Thus, while having a group meeting
he was able to observe the actions of other inmates and see what the problem
is. He was able to play basketball, cards, go fishing and establish relationship or
connections with them. On the other hand, Chief has established insanity
because of pretending that he is deaf and unable to speak, in which the
product of pressure inside the asylum and the staffs working there. But then,
even if he is schizophrenic, deaf, and unable to speak he was able to observe
his inmates and knows how they interact with each other. Therefore, insanity
can be acquired by a person if he/she is being pressured by the environment he
is in as well as the people that he encounters.
For me, the thing that Mc Murphy must have done to avoid his tragic
death is that he does not underestimate the power Nurse Ratched, who has
influence inside and out of the institution, someone who can do and that he
must not been so confident that he can change all the things that he does not
like inside the institution. In addition, Chief should have let his so-called savior,
Mc Murphy, live even if he experiences severe physical pain.
In my own opinion, the main character has benefitted in the counseling or
the group meeting that has been done inside the institution because with the
use of it he was able to observe the way his inmates react and talk to one
another. Although, for me, the group meeting does not give help to the people
Reflection on One Flew Over Cuckoos Nest
who is mentally-ill because Nurse Ratched does not give an intervention
regarding to the concern of the inmates who is being the topic of the meeting
but let the inmates quarrel with one another and did nothing but just stare to
those people. During the group counseling, the nurse just manipulates the fear
and desires of the inmates that is why some just nod while some keeps their
mouth shut. The so-called group meeting makes Nurse Ratched achieve her
personal goal which is orderliness and power over the inmates.
In relation to Abnormal Psychology, I was able to observe the way people
with mental illness behave unlike with the normal behavior the regular people
do. There are actions and behavior being done by those who are disturbed
people, mentally-ill individual and those with traumatic experience. I was able
to witness how a mentally-ill person behaves when there is someone who is
manipulating them. With the help of the movie, I become aware of some
abnormal behaviors and using it I will judge less those who belongs to the
people with unusual actions. Thus, the knowledge I gained will be a great help
especially when I pursue my studies to be a licensed Guidance Counselor. As a
Guidance Counselor I will surely encounter some cases that concerning mental
illness and abnormal behavior. In addition, I realized that there is really a quiet
thin line between normal and abnormal.