Life imitates art.A� Art imitates Life.A� Art is a rich medium to teach aspects of the human condition including abnormal behavior (psychopathology).A� On this page, a form of abnormal behavior is illustrated through music.
In the mid-1950a��s, theorists believed schizophrenia resulted from dysfunctional familial communication such as the double bind interaction (Bateson, Jackson, Haley & Weakland, 1956).A� Gregory Bateson proposed that schizophrenia was an expression of social interactions in which the individual is repeatedly exposed to conflicting messages:
A child receives two conflicting messages about their relationshipA�when mother tells her son, Norman, that she loves him, while at the same time turning her head away in disgust
While eventually debunked as a cause of schizophrenia, the double bind theory remains important to the understanding of family dynamics and therapy.
The video below is an artistic expression of a double bind: disturbing pictures and video clips set to the melodic lyrics of a top-10 power ballad by one of the greatest hard rock bands in music history.A� WARNING: Similar to the child in the above example, watching this video may be unsettling to some viewers.
On almost every slide, therea��s a link (33 total links) between the film depicted and other pictures.A� Try your luck to see how many you can identify before you peek at the answers!A� If they appear and disappear too quickly, feel free to pause the video.A� Ita��s also worthwhile to re-watch the video after you review the answers.
|Scoring Key for Educational Video|
|0-8||Go home to your mother, Norman!|
|9-16||Youa��re gonna need a bigger boat!|
|17-24||Good Ash, bad Ash (Groovy!)|
|25-32||Ita��s alive! Ita��s alive!|
|All 33||When someone asks you if youa��re a God, you say YES!|