WildChild the Story of Feral Children
Thisdocumentary details the stories pertaining to a large number ofchildren who have turned to feral lifestyles as a result of parentalnegligence. The term “feral” means undomesticated and has beenwidely used in describing these kids as a result of the actions andbehaviors that they often exhibit. Throughout the years, there havebeen quite a large number of cases of children living with wildanimals and who, as a consequence learn or take up animal tendenciesrather than human behavior. These may include Tarzan who grew up inthe wild, as well as Remus and Romulus who were raised by she-wolf.It goes without saying that growing in such environments hasdetrimental effects on the growth and development of the children asthey often never learn to speak, simply because the capacity to learna language necessitates that a human being has another individualthat he or she imitates. Further, they never become appropriatelysocialized (at least not in the human sense) as they are deprived ofhuman contact. This video outlines the varied cases of children whohave been raised in the wild including Victor, who was found in theforest in France around the early 19thcentury, Genie, who was found in the Arcadia suburb of Los Angelesamong others. The video also features Oksana who was born aroundNovember 1983 to alcoholic parents who never provided him thenecessities of life. He was found nine years later living with a packof hounds, in which case she had learnt dog-like behaviors includinggrowling, howling, barking, eating with her mouth from the faucet andeven running on all fours. Eventually, Oksana was taken to aninstitution, where she has been taught the use of some simplesentences although she usually goes back to her dog-like behaviorsand is often more comfortable relating with dogs that human beings.This is also the case for Edik, who was also raised by a pack ofhounds after being abandoned by his alcoholic mother. The dogs hadbecome his key source of love and affection. Nevertheless, he stoodbetter chances of adopting human behaviors as he had spent aconsiderably less amount of time with the dogs compared to other kidsdiscussed in the documentary. Of particular note is the fact that thechildren, in some of the instances that are detailed in the moviewere considerably too advanced in age by the time they werediscovered, in which case they lost an extremely important period inwhich learning is most crucial. This, however, does not spell doomfor them as they were taught some aspects pertaining to being humanincluding the utilization of motor skills and exhibiting affectionamong others, thereby allowing them to blend appropriately intosimple societies. On the same note, a large proportion of childrenwho were discovered at a sufficiently young age in which case theywere able to get back on track almost entirely with the capabilities,knowledge and skills that are exhibited by other kids within the sameage group. This movie also discusses some experiments that outlinethe crucial role that parental attention of affection plays in theearly development stages of a child.
Inthis particular case, Bruno Bettelheim brings up the theory that someof the kids are autistic. Nevertheless, it is impossible to apply anofficial diagnosis on some or even all the cases. Prior laboratoryexperiments have shown that feral children potentially suffered frominfantile autism. They lack parental attention, in which case theyare unable to blend with other people at a social level or even withcircumstances that come up in life.
AUTISMDocumentary School make me normal
Thisdocumentary examines some of the problems that autistic schoolchildren experience or go through. It follows four kids and examineswhat they view as “normal” life. These include Roxanne, a typicalteenage girl, who in spite of her love for clothes and music, isstruggling to make friends as a result of the inappropriate behavior,as well as a sudden violent attacks. There is also Roy whoobsessively likes to talk about Eastlanders and is often offended ininstances where the labelling of his video collection is slightlymoved. Further, he easily gets carried by new things. The third kidis Moneer, whose mother passed on recently and often exhibits boutsof frustration, while the last kid is Esther, a loner who istypically outside her community and has a history of always keepingto herself. The camera’s probing displayed the inability ofautistic kids to comprehend and deal with their own emotions, as wellas their intrinsic deficiency of comprehension of the emotions ofother people. Varied choice scenes are selected including the fearof the unknown and the aspect of being comfortable in routine. Thesefour kids are students at Spa School in London, which caters forstudents with autism. As one of the state’s largest schools forautistic kids, the Spa School appeared extremely minute in the eyesof the four teenagers that are shown in the documentary.Nevertheless, the documentary laid emphasis on the ethos of theinstitution that an autistic kid incorporates a “need to know” oftheir status, as well as the belief of the headmistress that theethos must be drummed up or emphasized in to the pupils.
However,it is interesting to take note of the desires that the teenagers haveboth in terms of sexual and emotional relationships. There is thegirl who primarily desires to normality, as well as daily socialpleasures that normal people like to take for granted includingreciprocation of attraction or even going to a pub and having adrink. There is also the boy who craves for basic physical contactand a girlfriend. This documentary underlines the depressing elementthat comes with envisaging a life that is deficient of sophisticatedemotional relationships and depicts it as misunderstood, limited andsheltered. It attempts to come up with an explanation pertaining tohow the loss of a mother by one boy (Moneer) impacted his behavior.As much as the Headmistress makes a touching attempt to eliminate theemotional chasm that exists, it was equally frustrating to see thatshe was incapable of relating on the boy’s level. This documentarylays emphasis on the need for the use of integration and compromisewhen dealing with autistic children rather than using conditioningand patience to the societal norms. As much as schools such as SpaSchool clearly strive hard and make considerable achievements withthe autistic kids, it is imperative that the outside worldincorporates a “need to know” attitude pertaining to autism so asto eliminate its ignorance and fear pertaining to the same. The SpaSchool stresses on the fact that the kids are not rude, difficult andweird rather it is the autism that makes them so. For each of thekids, the documentary incorporate a positive ending although issimply revolves around their resolve to battle on. However, the mainquestion revolves around how well and for how long they can cope withthe deficiency of solutions to their condition.
TheHuman Face (2001) │ Face Documentary Series │ 1 / 4 │
Thisdocumentary examines the science that underlies the facial beauty,fame and expression. In this series, John Cleese has embarked on ajourney aimed at uncovering the mysteries pertaining to perception,creativity, sexuality and identity, which often remain hidden behindveil of life. Of particular note is the fact that his documentary isthe first in a four part series documenting her examination of thescience behind these aspects of human nature.
Inthis part, Cleese concentrates on family resemblances as well as therole that a face plays in telling the history of an individual. Heaims at understanding the importance of face to face encounters, aswell as the reasons why making facial expressions connectsindividuals with others, and how facial expressions may modifyindividual feelings. It is well noted that individual facialexpressions promote other people’s expressions as they may triggera certain reaction from them. For instance, individuals may smilewhile smiled at. The fact that human beings are capable of makingnumerous expressions is based on the fact that they have numerousinterests rather than simply sex unlike other animals. In instanceswhere an individual is unable to respond with similar expressions, itwould be difficult to have any interaction. This may especially occurin cases where the facial muscles are not functioning. As much asfaces say much more about the feelings of an individual than theirwords can show, it is evident that they can also be extremelyambiguous. Indeed, expressions aid in communication but can onlyappropriately do that if the other person is able to read andinterpret them correctly.
Inevery case, the expressions that an individual exhibits are tied tothe physiological changes that their bodies undergo. For instance,when couples argue, it is normal for their heart rates to go high asa result of an increase in their adrenaline even when they are notengaging in any physical activity.
Underliningthe importance of expression is the fact that when someone sees aface that exhibits different emotions, there is likely to be somephysiological changes in their brain even if he or she does notoutwardly express them. Individuals with mild forms of autism oftenhave problems telling or interpreting the feelings or expressionsexhibited by other people. This means that such people would becomesocially isolated by other people.
Thefilm reiterates the results of a study by psychologists in SanFrancisco, which stated that the ability of individuals to smilegenuinely when taking a photo can predict the happiness over theirentire lives. Indeed, the intensity of a smile at a younger agedictates their happiness and their ability not to experience negativeemotions at a later age. Expressions may be manipulated in any socialgroup and deliberately used to send signals pertaining to thefeelings of an individual. Nevertheless, the same expressions can beused (albeit by experts only) to determine whether an individual istelling the truth or lying about a particular issue.
MistakenIdentity BBC Documentary) YouTube
Thisvideo dwells primarily on the Multiple Personality Disorder, whichapparently gained prominence in the 80s as a result of the release ofthe film called Sebal. Multiple personality disorder, which is alsoreferred to as dissociative identity disorder (DID) underlines amental disorder pertaining to the dissociative spectrum, which ischaracterized by a minimum of two distinct and considerably enduringidentities or even dissociated personality states that wouldalternately take control of the behavior of an individual. Thismental disorder is often accompanied by the impairment of memory forcrucial information which ordinary forgetfulness cannot explain.Scholars have noted that the multiple personality disorder is usuallythe effect of severe early childhood trauma which is often extreme,repetitive emotional, physical and sexual abuse. This video outlinesthe accounts of varied people in an effort to outline whether themental disorder existed at all. One of the individuals in the videostate that they would go to bed and be conscious of time on Mondayonly for her to become conscious of the same on Friday. For anindividual to be diagnosed with the condition, it is imperative thatthey have two or more distinctive personalities that take control oftheir behavior. When taking a particular personality, the individualswould cease to remember doing things that they did in anotherpersonality. For instance, Susan went ahead and resigned from her jobwhere she had worked for more than 13 years and even obtainedseniority. She says that she even enjoyed and loved her job and couldnot have resigned from it and gone ahead to start a business that shepractically had no idea about.
Childhoodtrauma is said to be the cause for Multiple Personality Disorder(MPD). In an effort to cope with the abuse, the unconscious mindcreates an alternative personality, with characteristics that cancope with the abuse, and that this personality shields him or herfrom reality. Continued or persistent abuse allows for the creationof other personalities each of which takes its own life.
ShirleyMason’s case is highlighted as a crucial link to a person’scomprehension of MPD. Mason grew up in the 30s in a small mi-WesternTown in Minnesota. She seemed to have a strange childhood. Forinstance, her mother would always be in the background doing thingsfor her such as taking her to school and back even when she wasthirteen. By the time she became a young adult, she seemed to havepsychological problems. She was depressed and went to see apsychiatrist, who noted that different personalities emerged fromMason, telling her about physical and sexual abuse by her mother.
Therapywould be used to integrate the varied personalities into one. Theseverity of the abuse, and the patient’s internal system determinedthe number of personalities. For instance, some patients would forman entirely new personality to deal with each and every episode,while others would simply form one personality to deal with thevaried episodes. The reintegration of the different personalities isoften problematic especially since the patients may have problemsremembering some aspects that pertain to their alternativepersonality. The key to treatment is based on the ability toreintegrate the personalities, talk about the experiences andpossibly resolve them.
Thisvideo is part of a gripping and powerful television series thatdetails accounts of individuals confronting their most immense anddarkest challenges while seeking a path to salvation and redemption.The series profiles individuals whose compulsive behavior anddependence on alcohol and drugs has eventually taken them down a pathof personal crisis and even estranged them from their families andfriends. The intervention episode ends with a surprise interventionstaged by the friends and family of the addict and guided by anintervention specialist. This video raises awareness pertaining tothe treatment options or alternatives that are available toindividuals who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction while givinghope to families that are deficient of a place for solace or resort.
Inthis particular episode, Nicole has undergone immense and severemolestation as a child. This has resulted in the development of acompletely unusual eating disorder where she is incapable ofswallowing. It goes without saying that the she would eventuallybecome malnourished and possibly starve. Indeed, by the age of 16,Nicole weighed a meager 68 pounds, thereby forcing doctors to takesome rash measures so as to save her life. They were forced to inserta feeding tube way down to her stomach so as to be feeding hermechanically. It is worth noting that the feeding tube was supposedor intended to be a temporary technique for feeding her. However,this assumption proves to be completely misplaced as she is unable toswallow any liquids or foods 16 years later, in which case she isstill dependent on this mechanical feeding technique. Further, Nicolehas taken to abusing prescription drugs, in which case it is notsurprising that she neglects their two daughters.
Ofparticular note is the fact that Nicole thinks that she is beingfilmed in an effort to make a documentary about her problem. Whilethis may be partially true, her condition is actually beingdocumented or filmed in anticipation of an intervention that ispropagated by her friends and/ or family. As much as she is offeredall the love that the loved ones could muster, she has the choice ofgoing into rehab immediately or run the risk of losing someprivileges from the family and/or friends who started or developedthe idea of an intervention. Further, it is noteworthy that certaintactics are used to get the patient or addict to seek treatment. Inthe case of Nicole, threats come as a driving force as her husbandthreatens her that he will have to divorce her and seek custody ofthe kids. This is bound to be an immense or strong driving force forher to seek treatment. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that herproblem is deeply rooted in her childhood trauma especiallypertaining to childhood molestation and sexual abuse by her ownfather. Indeed, it is discouraging and disgusting when he thinks thatshe should have gotten over it. Further, it is disheartening that thehusband should act all-righteous whereas he had the audacity to gether pregnant twice while knowing fully well that she had a feedingtube. Nevertheless, the fact that she eventually gets theintervention and even goes ahead to recover from the addiction andeven save her marriage comes as a reprieve for the viewers.
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