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21st Oct '16 8:36:32 PM YasminPerry
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has Shinji constantly navel-gazing, whining and angsting about his problems instead of actually doing anything about them. Eventually he gets a revelation that only what he thinks about himself matters. That is not how psychology works in the slightest.
8th Sep '16 9:41:43 PM Nebulo
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Further complicating things is the RuleOfCool: if there are multiple versions of a disorder, a writer will tend toward the [[{{Flanderization}} most interesting, dramatic, or visible of them]]. Thus, in fiction, [[LIsForDyslexia all dyslexics can't read anything past a fourth grade level]], [[HollywoodTourettes all people with Tourette's compulsively swear]], and [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy all people with schizophrenia think demons are out to cover up the truth of global warming]]. Many people, [[RealityIsUnrealistic overexposed to the fictional versions]], are surprised to discover that not only are there milder versions of all these disorders, but the milder versions account for anywhere from 90% to 99.9% of the people diagnosed with them.

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Further complicating things is the RuleOfCool: if there are multiple versions of a disorder, a writer will tend toward the [[{{Flanderization}} most interesting, dramatic, or visible of them]]. Thus, in fiction, [[LIsForDyslexia all dyslexics can't read anything past a fourth grade level]], [[HollywoodTourettes all people with Tourette's compulsively swear]], and [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy all people with schizophrenia think demons are out to cover up the truth of global warming]]. Many people, [[RealityIsUnrealistic overexposed to the fictional versions]], are surprised to discover that not only are there milder versions of all these disorders, but the milder versions account for anywhere from 90% to 99.9% 99% of the people diagnosed with them.
8th Sep '16 9:36:23 PM Nebulo
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has Shinji constantly navel-gazing, whining and angsting about his problems instead of actually doing anything about them. Eventually he gets a revelation that only what he thinks about himself matters. That is not how psychology works in the slightest.
5th Jun '16 2:05:02 PM nombretomado
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* In ''PushingDaisies'', the cheese-loving aunts's agoraphobia without panic disorder is mistakenly called "social phobias" (social phobia, in the singular, is now usually called "social anxiety disorder"). It's also partially cured by homeopathic antidepressants put in pies. Now, if instead of homeopathic remedies, it had been St. John's Wort, that part would have been semi-accurate, though of course you'd have to eat an awful lot of pie to get a high enough dose to be effective. What's more, an overdose of the antidepressant causes one of the aunts to act stoned and have vivid hallucinations.

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* In ''PushingDaisies'', ''Series/PushingDaisies'', the cheese-loving aunts's agoraphobia without panic disorder is mistakenly called "social phobias" (social phobia, in the singular, is now usually called "social anxiety disorder"). It's also partially cured by homeopathic antidepressants put in pies. Now, if instead of homeopathic remedies, it had been St. John's Wort, that part would have been semi-accurate, though of course you'd have to eat an awful lot of pie to get a high enough dose to be effective. What's more, an overdose of the antidepressant causes one of the aunts to act stoned and have vivid hallucinations.
14th May '16 5:56:06 PM fearlessnikki
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* Applied in ''Film/TheImitationGame'' to Alan Turing. He's given the familiar traits of Asperger Syndrome - doesn't know what a joke is, poor social skills, excessively introverted and finicky habits. By contrast, the real life man was reportedly quite charming and knew very well how to tell a joke.
9th May '16 11:33:37 PM erforce
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** On the other hand, she's probably making a joke, a professional using a highly unprofessional term. The same thing happens in ''[[{{Terminator}} The Terminator]]'', with the police psychologist stating "In technical terminology . . . he's a loon."

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** On the other hand, she's probably making a joke, a professional using a highly unprofessional term. The same thing happens in ''[[{{Terminator}} The Terminator]]'', ''Film/TheTerminator'', with the police psychologist stating "In technical terminology . . . he's a loon."
2nd May '16 3:37:57 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Similarly, dyslexia on the internet is often used as a free pass by people who simply can't be bothered to write coherently or spellcheck, since it guarantees WhiteKnighting if anyone calls them on it; it's particularly popular with trolls. Real dyslexia might make language difficult, but it doesn't make the sufferer a ''moron''; indeed, non-internet dyslexics often take great pains to ensure their grammar and spelling is up to scratch.

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* Similarly, dyslexia on the internet is often used as a free pass by people who simply can't be bothered to write coherently or spellcheck, since it guarantees WhiteKnighting white knighting if anyone calls them on it; it's particularly popular with trolls. Real dyslexia might make language difficult, but it doesn't make the sufferer a ''moron''; indeed, non-internet dyslexics often take great pains to ensure their grammar and spelling is up to scratch.
25th Mar '16 11:31:12 PM mirisu92
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** Then again, Mark Haddon, the author, never intended to define Christopher as explicitly autistic, and doesn't really care for attempts to label him as such. Indeed, he never uses the term in the book, and no one in the novel (not even Christopher himself) ever brings up exactly ''what'' his condition is.
3rd Mar '16 10:12:16 PM hamza678
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Another thing Hollywood tends to skip in psychology is the idea that most events of the average plot would leave the EverymanHero severely traumatised by the end of it, not just shrugging it off with a smile and one-liner. Because really, [[RuleOfFun which of those sounds more fun]]?

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Another thing Hollywood tends to skip in psychology is the idea that most events of the average plot would leave the EverymanHero TheEveryman severely traumatised by the end of it, not just shrugging it off with a smile and one-liner. Because really, [[RuleOfFun which of those sounds more fun]]?
21st Feb '16 7:01:18 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Research is hard. While this is generally true of [[HollywoodScience all science]], psychology in particular is vulnerable, as it's a very, ''very'' new field still under heavy development. Only recently has psychology emerged as a mature science with robust theories, and supposed "facts" of the past are [[UrbanLegends still in popular culture]] despite being [[ScienceMarchesOn debunked]]. Writers fail to recognize this, and the [[InformedAbility supposed professionals]] in their stories will quote woefully out-of-date representations of [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian Sigmund Freud's]] theory of the unconscious, Carl Jung's collective unconscious {{archetype}}s, or Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. This is the equivalent of a modern physicist [[YouFailPhysicsForever discussing luminiferous aether]], or a biologist believing LamarckWasRight.

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Research is hard. While this is generally true of [[HollywoodScience all science]], psychology in particular is vulnerable, as it's a very, ''very'' new field still under heavy development. Only recently has psychology emerged as a mature science with robust theories, and supposed "facts" of the past are [[UrbanLegends still in popular culture]] despite being [[ScienceMarchesOn debunked]]. Writers fail to recognize this, and the [[InformedAbility supposed professionals]] in their stories will quote woefully out-of-date representations of [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian Sigmund Freud's]] theory of the unconscious, Carl Jung's collective unconscious {{archetype}}s, or Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. This is the equivalent of a modern physicist [[YouFailPhysicsForever discussing luminiferous aether]], a chemist trying to create a PhilosophersStone, or a biologist believing LamarckWasRight.
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