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In the movie "As good as it gets," it was very stressful for Melvin as his life is interrupted. He has an Obsessive-Compulsive complex that makes it very difficult for him to accept and deal with change.

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Dale Miller Psychology 101 Paper #3 Dr. Ed Dana 5/2/07 In the movie "As good as it gets," it was very stressful for Melvin as his life is interrupted. He has an Obsessive-Compulsive complex that makes it very difficult for him to accept and deal with change. Throughout the movie, he is forced to change little by little so that in the end he has learned how to cope with his ailment and control his actions. Using the appraisal process, Melvin saw anything different to him and his normal actions as a threat to his well-being. An example might be his annoying neighbor who was gay and would not leave him alone or the dirt on his hands after handing the dog. Threatening they may be, but harmful is what gave him the odd and 'crazy' actions. Locking the locks 3 times and flicking the lights 5 does gives no benefit but he does it to calm himself and to reassure himself that these items work and will work when he needs them to. He eliminated the harm, not that those items not could cause him, but the harm that might be caused if those items failed. ...read more.


Another stress appraisal could be found in the TV show "Full House." As I was watching the episode today, DJ, the older girl around 15-16 years of age, was asking for her own room. She had been living with her younger sister Stephanie for the past 5 years. The rest of the family decided this was a good idea and wanted the youngest sister, Michelle, to move in with Stephanie. Michelle didn't want to. She wanted her own room. Stephanie took this very hard and decided she would move into the bathroom. This is where the stress came in. Their father told DJ that if Stephanie and Michelle both didn't agree to the living arrangements, no moves would be taking place. DJ's appraisal began taking place in her own mind. The threat was from both of her sisters. They both controlled what she wanted and he she was about to lose. Harm wasn't really there but she perceived this as an attack on her and got defensive. She saw a potential of harm in having to live with Stephanie. ...read more.


If I, for any reason, let this person in my life just pass on by, the challenge increases, causing more stress. Harm again would come from within if I knew I had made a mistake and screwed up my future. Carrying on my family name is important to me. I would be very upset with myself if I blew a chance and knew I would never get the opportunity. I think the threat would be one of the biggest factors though. To me, the thought of going through the rest of my life without one person I could always turn to in any situation and know they love, respect, and cherish me for who I am, is frightening. Seeing couples happy gives me hope that one day I too will know that feeling and to not have that is a devastating thought. The threat of never getting the opportunity to love and be loved is quite looming. The only thing that keeps this from becoming an overbearing stress is the fact that the imminence is always moving along with my life. There is no set time in which the opportunity to fall in love with a female is not available. ?? ?? ?? ?? Miller 2 ...read more.

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