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Born Naughty? – Initial Reactions

(Photo taken from the Guardian)

The new Channel 4 documentary series Born Naughty? looked at the causes of inappropriate behaviours in children. Last night’s episode featured two children and their families. Six year-old Theo whose behavioural outbursts were apparently difficult to control is suspected by his mother to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. In the show, Theo’s mother seems to want Theo to be diagnosed to prove to herself (and others) that she was not a bad parent. The other child was nine year-old Honey who has been excluded from school due to her behaviour and has not been in formal education for months. Her parents, also wanting to prove that they are not bad parents, wanted to know whether she has an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

The good

1. Holistic(-ish) portrayal of the children

What I liked about the programme was their conscious effort to show that both children’s behaviours were not always bad. Theo was shown to behave really well at the psychologist’s office and around her grandma, while Honey behaved well when she was around animals.

2. It showed professionals in a positive light

The professionals in the show aimed to gain a holistic perspective of the children’s behaviours and the reasons for those behaviour with the intent of improving the situation. They all worked collaboratively and came up with solutions to each family’s concerns.

3. The effects of a diagnosis (and lack thereof)

Honey was diagnosed with ASC and Pathological Demand Avoidance (a term I absolutely loathe) to the delight of her parents. The diagnosis was welcomed by the parents as they were previously blamed for Honey’s behaviour. It helped them ‘see’ Honey’s behaviour in a different light. In addition (and perhaps most importantly), the diagnosis triggered appropriate support that she needed such as her access to an Art therapist who comes to their house regularly to work on her behaviours and anxiety. In addition, she also secured a place at a school wherein she could be around animals which she absolutely loved.

Theo on the other hand was not diagnosed with ADHD as her Mum was hoping for. Rather, her Mum was given a strict behaviour programme. The programme helped as Theo was shown to display appropriate behaviour at the end of the show. His sleeping pattern and relationship to his mother also improved.

These hghlight the fact that slapping a diagnosis at every child who misbehaves is not always the right solution. In addition, a professional assessment is meaningless unless the appropriate support and interventions are planned and strictly implemented.

The less good

1. The title

I almost did not watch this programme because of the title. No one is born ‘naughty’.

2. The children were labelled as naughty

I feel like these vulnerable children are portrayed in the worst way possible as they were labelled naughty. I guess this is a reflection of some people’s perceptions of young people who misbehave. As I have said above, I felt that the programme tried to show the children’s positive side as well as their not-so-positive one.

3. Children were not protected

I’m still concerned that although their families consented, they were not able to give their appropriate consent. How will they feel in a few years’ time? How will they react when they read the inappropriate and vile comments posted on social media sites?

4. Idealistic scenario

I’m sure there will be a lot of families in similar situations wondering why they have been refused an assessment. Similarly, some of those who have been assessed may be left wondering why they have not received the appropriate support post-diagnosis. I must stress that this is not a criticism of the show, but one directed to some professionals.

HOPES AND FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope that future episodes will further show the complexities of behaviour and explore different explanations of why some children behave inappropriately. Despite the shows shortcomings, I feel that it is a step forward in dispelling the unfortunate wide-spread belief that behaviour IS the problem. Instead, what I want is for people to understand that behaviour is a consequence of something else.

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Is Dexter Morgan a Psychopath?

Dexter Morgan is a fictional character from the hit TV Series, Dexter. Dexter works in the forensics department of Miami Homicide as a blood spatter analyst, and he moonlights as a vigilante serial killer. He lives by the ‘code’ of his father – never get caught and only kill bad people (amongst other things).

His work is meticulous. He makes sure that the people he kills are all guilty of a crime before he decides to kill them. He does his best not to get caught. The catch is that he does not feel remorse and lacks empathy. He is able to put a straight face right after his ‘adventures’. He is charming, shy and extremely intelligent – much like every psychopath portrayed in the media.

However, when subjected to Hare’s Psychopath Checklist (1991, 2003)- one of the accepted checklistsused to identify psychopaths, Dexter scores poorly. Despite all the terrible things that Dexter has done, I would not identify him as a psychopath. Unlike actual psychopaths, Dexter is capable of maintaining relationships throughout the series. He was very close to his sister and was a good, loyal husband to Rita. He was also academically successful and was able to keep a career for a very long time. His lab reports were mostly of excellent standard and he was considered as an expert in his field. In addition, the voice-overs throughout the show reveals that Dexter kept on analysing his life. He was trying to make sense of almost everything that happened to him. This is unlikely to be the case in real-life psychopaths as most of them seem disinterested in self-reflection and self-awareness.

If you have seen the series, I invite you to try to score him up on this LINK.

So what is he if he’s not a psychopath? I’m not too sure, in all honesty. I think he serves as a reminder that not everyone you meet is who they seem to be. He’s a chilling reminder of what people are capable of and how vigilant we should all be.

A Day Out with Ninja Turtles,Michael Jordan and Barney Stinson

Today’s Prompt: Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

This is how it’ll go down.

First, I’ll have a pizza or five with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles.

Then, I’ll play basketball with Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny and their friends (SpaceJam):

MJ

Finally, I’ll call my buddy Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) and party all night. ‘Up top’!

Barney Stinson

Come Dine With Me

Today’s PromptYou get to plan a dinner party for 4-8 of your favorite writers/artists/musicians/other notable figures, whether dead or alive. Who do you seat next to whom in order to inspire the most fun evening?

Weirdest Dinner Party

I will invite the following to my fictitious dinner party:

  • Gordon Ramsay – He may cook for us. If not, he may entertain us with his criticism of the food and his constant swearing.
  • Hannibal Lecter- I want to know how he would manipulate the other guests. Who knows, he may (literalily) fry our brains  at the end of the night!
  • Dr. House – Purely for his wits and sarcasm, and the potential debate between him and Gordon.
  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper – Which seat will be his spot? How will he cope with the power struggle between the other guests? Who will he talk to? I’m very intrigued.
  • Karl Pilkington from An Idiot Abroad – What will he moan about and how much will he moan?
  • Oprah Winfrey – She may give all of us cars, free trips and houses at the end of the night!
  • A minion from Despicable Me – Why not, right? They’re fun to be around.

King Joffrey’s Meme = Roaring Laughter

Today’s Daily Prompt: What was the last thing that gave you a real, authentic, tearful, hearty belly laugh? Why was it so funny?

I have been an avid fan of Game of Thrones since the books were first published. The TV series was just as gripping as it made me watch episode after episode, and has left me wanting more. There was no other episode that was as exciting, horrifying, exciting and satisfying as the Purple Wedding – where King Joffrey Beratheon was poisoned. Joffrey was a mean, sadistic, stupid king that wanted nothing more than to please himself. Judging from the reactions of fans on Twitter, I was not alone in rejoicing when the character died.

The morning after the episode aired, I saw the meme below which made me laugh sooooooo hard. The picture on the meme was of Joffrey dying slowly from the poison.

King J

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Being Dr. House for a day

 

Dr. Gregory House

Today’s Daily Prompt asks: If you could be a famous person for a day, who would you be? Why?

If I could choose to become a famous person, I would be Dr. Gregory House. Not Hugh Laurie (the actor who played the maverick doctor), but the actual character, Dr. House. I love how intelligent he is. The way he approaches his job can be seen as extremely risky, but I admire his confidence. He is not afraid to do and say anything that may offend others. He does almost everything in his own terms. He has a brilliant, yet erratic mind. He believes he is right all the time (like all of us) and he would go to extreme measures to prove others wrong.

I am aware of how busy Dr. House’s day would be, but I don’t mind spending a day being him. I guess I would like the freedom that he earned from being such a genius. I would enjoy that day despite being dosed up on vicodin. I may even enjoy insulting my colleagues!!

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