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Craig Ellis Paper 4 On Harold Crick from Stranger than Fiction April 25, 2007
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Harold Crick from Stranger than Fiction Harold Crick, a quirky IRS auditor in the movie Stranger than Fiction, appeared to be the average nine to fiver. He had a cubicle in the office. He enjoyed coffee, and his job was well, okay. Take a close look, however, and one would notice that his “quirky” ways were actually the result of two extremely common personality disorders. Harold’s oddness is apparent right from the start. The movie kicks off with Harold waking up and brushing his teeth. However, Harold Crick is not simply brushing his teeth, he is careful to make sure he brushes up and down 36 times and side to side 36 times. He has his suits arranged for each day of the week. He is constantly counting stairs, floor tiles, and measuring fullness of water glasses and soap dispensers in percentages. He knows exactly how many seconds it takes to get to the bus stop from the doorstep of his apartment building. He is obsessed with time, numbers, and perfection. These obsessions often turn into compulsions which hinder his daily activities. His need to count files repeatedly leads to him being in the file room for very long periods of time. He can’t leave his apartment in the morning without checking to make sure it is exactly the right time, and his wristwatch is as vital to him as air is to most humans.
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Also apparent in Harold Crick is a fear of social situations.
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  • Winter '08
  • Valkerie
  • Borderline personality disorder, Schizoid personality disorder, Avoidant personality disorder, Harold Crick

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