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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time, By Mark Haddon

1062 words - 4 pages

Christopher Boone is a 15 year old male young-adult, of British descent. Christopher describes himself as a machine, We have reports of him saying “I sometimes think of my mind as a machine” (Haddon 7). Christopher is currently living with his mother, who has asked not be named, and his father, Edward Boone. Christopher comes from Swindon,UK, where he was born and grew up, until the divorce of his parents were his mom moved away with Roger Shears (Christopher’s former neighbor and ex-husband of his father's former girlfriend). Christopher Boone suffers from many behavioral/emotional problems such as being irritable, unstable, and not talk to people for a long time. He also has problems like not eating or drinking for long periods of time and refusal to being touched. Christopher is currently in High School, enrolled in Level A math. Christopher’s father, Ed Boone, has been renowned for killing his neighbor's dog, Wellington. On page 1, (at midnight) Christopher walks into the neighbor's backyard after looking out his window to see Wellington stabbed with a pitchfork. Christopher says “I stroked Wellington and wondered who had killed him, and why”. Christopher cared deeply for Wellington, and loved dogs. We have a hypothesis that Christopher had abandonment issues after his mother leaving. Christopher’s trust in his father diminished, but after buying Christopher his own puppy, he started to gain Christophers trust back (“he bent down and put his hands inside the box and he took a little sandy-colored dog out”) (Haddon 219). Christopher also tends to perform poorly in social situations/a school environment. Some examples would be; not interacting with other kids, getting bullied, and acting aggressively when being touched. Some of the patient's behavioral problems are irritability, being unstable, not talking/eating/drinking for extended periods of time, and disliking bodily contact.

Christopher stated multiple times that the mind works like a machine. Christopher said “but the mind is just a complicated machine”(Haddon 116). Christopher has a certain type of anxiety called Social Phobia. The symptoms of Social Phobia are feeling hopeless or fearful within unfamiliar people or in unfamiliar situations, obsession over being watched, observed, or judged by strangers. Other symptoms consist of experiencing anxiety in a social situation with difficulty coping and a severe fear of public speaking. This is beyond what one would consider normal. More examples are being anxiousness about the idea of social situations even when not in one. Also, people with Social Phobia have issues meeting new people voicing up when you need to speak. So far Christopher shows 5 out of the 6 symptoms of Social Phobia. Christopher has multiple defense mechanisms that he uses to deal with anxiety. Christopher sometimes resorts to aggression and screaming, but also can go a more passive route and puts his forehead on the ground and groans. Christopher’s internal struggle are...

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