I never believed it was a real-life narrative. Who would believe that an apparent lost soul and confused individual became a fantastic professional doctor? Mr. Arthur Mendelson, a guy who has a diagnosis of “Genius Syndrome,” and the one who likes to inquire how many you see in his four fingers, taught us to Patch “Always consider the situation from another perspective.”
Focus on the solution” and this short message is a big thing because in our lives we always focus on the problem that we forget to find a solution of it, We always think what bad things will happen instead of finding ways to make it better.
Another character is Hunter “Patch” Adams who is the protagonist of the story, He may be clowning around and making everyone laugh but he knows what he wants and he know how to get it done, He proves that even if you don’t have money you can still help people and make them happy by just using your talents and your imagination. He also showed us that even if life gives you a lot of lemons You can still make lemonade out of it.
“You can’t see the solution if you’re focusing on the problem,” says Patch Adams. “See what no one else sees, what everyone else avoids for fear of being different or routine, and laziness. Every day, see the world anew.” I believe that these are some of Mr. Rudy’s delusions about squirrels which Patch Adams gets an idea from. Patch knows that the squirrels aren’t real in their room yet he didn’t concentrate on Rudy’s beliefs; instead, he looked for a solution as to how Rudy would get rid of the squirrels.
These sayings also show that if you focus in the problem, you will not be able to see the solution however; if you try to see what no one else sees, maybe you can think of something that others cannot even think about it. Who would ever think that Rudy’s delusions can be solved by laughter? That is why I believe that Patch Adams is a genius.
Moreover, “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” This is one of my favorite saying of Patch Adams because this shows his genuineness as a doctor. He doesn’t only focus on curing his patient but also he wants to make a connection to his patient. In that way, his patients will feel that they are not just a number in the hospital but a person who is worth of Patch’s time, energy and effort.
Lastly, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” This only means that laughter can create a connection between two individuals and this is what Patch Adams wanted to achieve to his patients, to have a connection with them so that he can help them in their healing process.
When we encounter with the unpleasant in our daily lives, we frequently assume it to be a blunder. We just consider how we might make it right. Perhaps in some small way, I wonder whether considering a good answer may lead us to discover a new wisdom that will point us down paths of dread and danger. When Patch inquires about the sick man’s name, this is another instance when I pause.
Who would want to be called by their disease? It is natural for us to want to forget what ails us, and this man’s name is a constant reminder. So, in a way, I feel that Patch’s act of renaming the man is an attempt to help him forget his troubles, even if just for a moment.
In general, I think the movie does an excellent job of depicting Patch’s thought process and psychology. It shows how he uses laughter as a tool to deal with the pain and suffering he sees around him. It also shows how he tries to view the world from different perspectives in order to find new solutions to problems. Overall, I found the film to be extremely enjoyable and thought-provoking.
The majority of individuals, most likely professionals, would call others by their last name since this is the school taught us that it is the polite approach to calling names without realizing they can capture a person’s attention by using their first name. Patch breaks the patient’s and practitioners’ apathy with unconsciously establishes a trust, a little transference, and compassion for the patient in that scene.
And he knew what the patient needed, which is a laugh. It could be said that this Patch’s therapy was successful due to its focus on the individual, although it could be criticized for not being “scientific” enough.
We can see in this scene how important the presence and interest of the professional are for the patient. And also, how a simple change of perspective can lead to a more effective treatment. This makes us think about the importance of human warmth in therapeutic processes and how we often forget about it in our hurry to be efficient.
It is interesting to note that Patch’s work has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Laughter has indeed been shown to have positive effects on health, including reducing stress, improving immune function and even pain relief.
In the field of psychotherapy, Patch employs Eclectic Psychotherapy in combination with Group therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral therapy in the form of Laughter therapy. Laughter treatment appears to take a group activity and utilize a problematic and dysfunctional way of thinking, feeling, and behaving to assist people become more happier. Patch has this motto at the end of his story, which is aimed at improving people’s quality of life rather than merely extending their lives.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” This means that anyone has the potential to become successful and make a difference in the world, regardless of their current circumstances.
What Patch Adams teaches us is that laughter is the best medicine. It might not immediately cure all ills, but it can help people feel better in the face of adversity. And while we might not all be able to be as selfless as Patch, we can certainly try to bring a little more joy into the lives of those around us.