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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by kirkirkir, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. kirkirkir

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    Anyone see this movie? It's on netflix and it's about a young psychiatrist. Any thoughts? Is this an accurate depiction of life as a psychiatrist?
     
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    By no means is this even a remotely accurate picture of life as a psychiatrist for most people. A minority of psychiatrists still do psychoanalysis. And the inpatient psych facility depicted in that movie was also quite unrealistic. And his disenchantment is fun to watch, but it's also atypical for real psychiatrists because the practice setting doesn't foster development of that, unlike what is in the movie. One of the fatal flaws is the idea that the psychiatrist's job is to "make people happy" - our job is to treat mental illness, and the process that we use is quite different from what the Hollywood psychoanalyst does. We don't aim to make people "happy," we aim to make people asymptomatic. Usually, the two go hand in hand - but I rarely think "what can I do to make this person happier?" Instead, I might think something like "how can I improve the dysfunctional thought patterns in this person's brain?" (whether we do that by manipulating their cognitive thought patterns, their neurochemistry, their cortical electrophysiology, their social situation, or whatever)

    That said, I absolutely loved the movie. It's now one of my favorites.
     
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    One pet hate that my Psychiatrist and I actually share is this notion of enforced happiness, like being in treatment, or therapy, or even trying to become a whole and emotionally healthy person is always tied to this notion that you're somehow incomplete if you haven't achieved 'happiness'. We actually spend more time working on me learning to not walk around with a mask of happiness glued to my face all the time, because other emotions are just as valid and necessary for growth.
     
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    I almost universally hate movies about psychiatrists. I really liked this one. I usually hate them because they are not at all realistic. This one isn’t realistic either, but it isn’t offensive. I also like the actor. I mean with roles like Scotty and Sean of the Dead, how can you go wrong? Definitely worth a view.
     
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    Seriously? Simon Pegg as a psychiatrist???

    Now I know what I'm watching this weekend!
     
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    That's his name. It isn't great great, but it's worth a watch.
     
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    Yeah, I like the fact that they don't try to pretend that it's realistic. I liked the movie because I liked the movie - the psychiatric connection was a side thing.
     
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    Anyone see Simon Pegg as drunk Ron Weasley?
     
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    This movie made me kinda sad. Poor Hector, he was so uniquely quirky and adorable in the beginning, I just wanted to take him home and cuddle him to death, but then he goes on some stupid stereotypical happiness finding journey and turns into a walking cheese fest.
     
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    OK--saw it. Enjoyable evening, found Hector quite likeable. About lost my sh-t on the whole pseudo-color EEG feelings crap, though--even though I kept chanting to myself "it's just a plot device...it's just a plot device...." That said, I was surprised to see how well Pegg played the emotional content--have never seen him that way before.
     
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    Watched it last night. Enjoyable movie. NOT about psychiatry but I think it relays a few gems about traveling through life. That said, that EEG thing hit a 10/10 on the cheesy scale (although the monk's comment is thought provoking).
     
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