Case Study [MultiFormat]
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eBook by Lawrence M. Schoen
eBook Category: Science Fiction
eBook Description: Rupert's thinks he's having trouble with his Abnormal Psych class, but the trouble really begins when a time-travelling student from the future, that only he can see and hear, shows up and wants to use Rupert for his own college assignment.
eBook Publisher: Fictionwise.com, Published: Terra Incognita 6, 2000
Fictionwise Release Date: April 2006
19 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats [MultiFormat - What's this?]: eReader (PDB) [29 KB]
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, Portable Document Format (PDF) [190 KB]
, Palm Doc (PDB) [16 KB]
, Microsoft Reader (LIT) [76 KB]
, Franklin eBookMan (FUB) [86 KB]
, hiebook (KML) [93 KB]
, Sony Reader (LRF) [42 KB]
, iSilo (PDB) [13 KB]
, Mobipocket (PRC) [17 KB]
, Kindle Compatible (MOBI) [45 KB]
, OEBFF Format (IMP) [25 KB]
Reading time: 13-19 min.
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"Lawrence M. Schoen is a professor of cognitive psychology, so I suppose he's writing what he knows with 'Case Study', about Rupert, a student in an Abnormal Psychology class who finds himself stuck for ideas for his midterm assignment: to create a fictitious case study illustrating an instance of schizophrenia. Then he finds himself the subject of another case study: a student from the future comes back to observe a typical college-age Midwestern male at the end of the 20th century. That might be OK, but when he starts talking to the invisible visitor in public ... he might end up being a real case study in Abnormal Psych! You can see where this is going--and the result is very light but amusing."--Rich Horton, Tangent Online
It was late afternoon, Thursday, and just like every Thursday afternoon this semester Rupert was sitting in his dorm room desperately trying to pull himself up out of a D+ in his abnormal psychology class. He knew the material, knew it cold, but it never quite coalesced in his brain until after each weekly quiz. It wasn't fair. How could the professor expect him to get all the ideas and issues and concepts from Monday and Wednesday straight in his head in time for a quiz by that Friday? It was maddening! Out of the five quizzes to date, one hundred possible points, Rupert had a barely passing score of sixty-seven, and that was only after fifteen points of extra-credit work. The quizzes were killing him. Why couldn't he take them just a day later? With a little more time everything would gel in his head, all the annoying facts and details would fall into place. Or better yet, why couldn't the professor simply give one big cumulative exam instead of tiny quizzes on each isolated week? Rupert pounded the book in front him in frustration. I should be acing this class, not flunking it, he thought. His only hope was the midterm take-home exam, a full one-third of his final grade. There was no other choice; he had to really nail the midterm.
Rupert stared once again at the exam, a single half sheet of paper handed out at the end of yesterday's class. Its lone question lay before him on his bed, taunting him with its brevity, its apparent but illusory simplicity. He had two weeks in which to complete it, his grade hinged on it, and he didn't have a single clue. Construct a fictitious case study illustrating an instance of schizophrenia. Why is this individual to be labeled schizophrenic? Identify behaviors which support your conclusion. Rupert flipped through his textbook, the three books on case studies he had borrowed from the library, and his own notes from class. It was mind boggling. There was too much information to include and he didn't know where to begin.
Schizophrenia seemed like the diagnostic rug that psychologists swept clients under when they couldn't figure out what was really wrong. There were too many types and kinds of symptoms. It was like filling your plate at a buffet in a Chinese restaurant that served not only Cantonese dishes, but Szechwan, Hunan, and Mandarin as well. It didn't matter what you took or how different the things on your plate were, they were all Chinese! Schizophrenia was even worse.