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THE STORY OF JOE odd Simon M This is the story of Joe Odd written by a mentally ill patient in a secure mental asylum It is possible to pick out several psychological themes these of which I intend to assess The story of Joe Odd is clearly a case of social In and Out groups where in society groups emerge where people have more influence than others Clear evidence from the text proves my statement People who lived in the boxes thought Joe was very strange because they all watched television At first they said why dont you live in a house like us but Joe didnt want to So they broke his windows and made up bad stories about him We can learn from this extract above that there is an element of labeling and the fact that poor Joe Odd once labeled is prone to increased labeling Labeling is a very powerful which tends to stick to that person it has been attached unless heshe adapts to the social norms which society labeled that person with Then another social worker wrote a report about how Joe had lived in a hut with the door and windows barred up So the doctor hung another label round his neck saying Persecution Complexand gave him some pills because they made him feel better Joe didnt like the pills because they made him feel strange and he wouldnt take them so the doctor hunt an Unco-operative label round his neck From this extract we can assume that Joe Odd thought negative of himself due to the excess labeling and ended up believe himself as a stereotypical being One night he thought he heard a voice in his head saying come with me I know a beautiful place come with me I cant Im very ill cant you see all these labels round my neck Joe Odd
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