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Social Anxiety in Dostoyevsky’s Notes From the Underground

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Notes From the Underground is an 1864 novel written by the Russian writer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It is told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator who has gone underground, or withdrawn from society to live in isolation. Broken up into two parts, the first, called “Underground,” includes the narrator’s rambling thoughts and philosophies about life, consciousness, and all the things he dislikes about society. In the second part, “Apropos of the Wet Snow,” the narrator goes out into society and has several misguided interactions with people. Continue reading

Robert De Niro doesn’t like to talk…LOL

“Did you get him to talk?”

“He doesn’t like to talk… He’s not the biggest talker.”

In a recent interview on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon spoke with Jodie Foster about their interactions with Robert De Niro. Both joked about how De Niro doesn’t talk much. They laughed about it, and something about that rubbed me the wrong way. Continue reading

Social Anxiety in Movies: Roger Dodger

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Roger Dodger is about Nick (Jesse Eisenberg), a shy nerdy sixteen-year-old high school student from Ohio who visits Roger (Campbell Scott), his cool confident fast-talking uncle in New York City. Roger takes Nick out for a night on the town to teach him how to pick up women. Continue reading

Social Anxiety in Movies: Rocket Science

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Rocket Science is about Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson), a 15-year-old high school student in suburban New Jersey, who suffers from a severe stutter. It prevents him from speaking in school and making friends. Hal is surprised when a girl at school invites him to join the debate team. Continue reading

Social Anxiety on TV: Mr. Robot

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Mr. Robot is about a twenty-something year-old hacker named Elliot (Rami Malek) who works for a cybersecurity company. He suffers from social anxiety and depression, feeling so lonely at times that he hacks other people in order to feel closer to them. He is recruited by Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) to form “fsociety”, a hacker group planning to take down mega corporation “Evil Corp”. As we learn more about Elliot and Mr. Robot, we discover that his psychological problems may stem much deeper than social anxiety. Continue reading

Social Anxiety and Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

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Star Wars isn’t the first movie you think of for social anxiety. No character in the series actually suffers from shyness or has difficulty speaking—unless you count R2D2 and Chewbacca. However, Star Wars does have a message we can use, considering the Force (mindfulness) and the Dark Side (social anxiety). Continue reading