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Inventing Anna Review: Is Anna a psychopath?

*Warning: This is not an actual diagnosis since I am not a medical professional, and this article is for entertainment purposes only*

She says she doesn’t have time for this and definitely doesn’t have time for you, but is she a sociopath or worse, a psychopath? Anna Delvey/Sorokin entranced us with her charm and daring spirit to take on New York’s elite but, does her callous disregard for other people’s emotions make her a psychopath? Join me as we analyze the criteria of psychopathy, as defined by the DSM-V, and see whether our favorite, accented scam artist displays any of these telling symptoms.

According to the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), both sociopaths and psychopaths suffer from Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD). However, APD is often confused with Avoidant Personality Disorder characterized by social inhibition and feelings of inadequacy. And if one were to diagnose Anna properly, she would most likely receive a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Including symptoms like impulsivity, pathological personality traits and an inability to form interpersonal relationships. But, for the sake of this article and the numerous references to Anna’s psychopathy in the show, let’s dive into whether or not Anna is a psychopath.

Psychopaths and sociopaths are very similar. However, they can show up on the same spectrum, with psychopathy on the more severe side of the spectrum. The main difference between the two is that sociopaths can form brief, fleeting interpersonal relationships and can feel emotions. 

Anna’s disregard for the law, pathological lying, impulsivity, irritability, and reckless disregard for others seem like incriminating evidence for her psychopath diagnosis. But, she also showed genuine affection for Neff and Chase at times. Her desperate need to be remembered and famous goes against a psychopath’s disregard for other people’s opinions.

Her lack of remorse, cruelty, and irresponsibility due to her lack of maturity indicates symptoms of psychopathy. However, one could argue that they were also the product of her upbringing and her desperate need to belong due to being scorned for her immigrant status and wanting to feel accepted.

Anna Delvey/ most people are complex and real. She has many layers to her, but don’t mistake that for her innocence. Psychopathy, or APD, is not a diagnosis that can be handed out lightly and can change a person’s punishment in a court of law. Does she display pathological personality traits? Yes. Could she potentially have another mental disorder? Yes. However, a Netflix reenactment is not an accurate representation of the many shades of grey in human society, and for that reason, Anna is not a psychopath.

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The best classes at ut: According to ut students

There are a LOT of classes at UT: History of Religion, Architecture and Society, Introduction to Geology, etc. So, how are Longhorns supposed to pick what to take this fall? How about recommendations from fellow students about the best classes they have ever taken at UT?

Without further ado, here are the best classes at UT Austin according to current UT students.

Disclaimer: Some submissions have been edited for length or clarity.

1. Life in the Universe (UGS303) – Ken Wisian

“Firstly, I enjoyed the main subject of the course itself. It is about the search for extraterrestrial life in the Universe and what is being done to progress this search. I was particularly fascinated by this topic. Secondly, I enjoyed how this course navigated this subject. The course dove into many different areas of study: astronomy, biology, physics, chemistry, a little bit of rocket science, and even philosophy. I enjoyed how the professor encouraged discussion. He encouraged students to interrupt and pitch in. This made the class fun and engaging.”

– Computer Science Major, 1st Year

Note: This class can only be taken by 1st year students.

2. Strategic Learning for the 21st Century (EDP 304) – Taught by various doctorate students

“The class was centered around how people learn information and implementing new note-taking techniques. Learning these techniques has really enhanced my studying. It changed my mindset on “memorizing” information. I would recommend this class. It teaches you how to better study in the college setting. “

– Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, 2nd Year

3. Race/Cultural Intelligence in the Age of Trump (UGS303) – Leonard Moore

“I learned that communication is the only way we can truly learn about people’s identities. In the course, we learned about the struggles that Latinx people, white working-class individuals and Asian Americans endure. It was nice to gain cultural awareness in an educational setting. The teaching style is very relaxed and Dr. Moore was very approachable. There is so much room for growth and errors in this class.”

– Political Communications Studies, 2nd Year

Notes: This class is only available to 1st year students and changes when the current U.S. president does.

4. Professional/Career Development (LAH104H) – Tatem Oldham

“I wish everyone had the opportunity to take this class with Professor Oldham. It’s a development course that makes internships a lot more approachable.”

– Sustainability Studies and Geography, 2nd Year

Note: This course is restricted to students in the Liberal Arts Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts.

5. Intro to LGBTQ Studies (WGS303) – Ashley Coleman Taylor

“As a queer person, I found this class really rewarding to learn about the history of those that came before me, a history that is often overlooked and left out of mainstream narratives. I loved the intersectional approach Dr. Coleman Taylor took the course and how the material challenged me to reevaluate my perception of self as well as my own biases. I highly recommend taking any class offered by Dr. Coleman Taylor and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies.”

– Human Development and Family Sciences, 2nd Year

6. Jewish Humor (UGS303) – Yitskhok Gottesman

“I enjoyed learning about Jewish culture and seeing how that culture translates in the comedy style of Jewish Americans from the 1950s to today. I enjoyed that the professor put in the effort to create a safe space for talking about modern comedy and addressing cultural differences in the context of comedy. I learned comedy is universal and is a way we can embrace our culture or connect with others no matter our cultural background.”

– Biology, 3rd Year

Note: This class can only be taken by 1st year students.

7. Reel Horror: The Holocaust in Film (UGS302) – Pascale Bos

“This class was super enlightening. We analyzed films made about the Holocaust, especially the American films made, and learned how censored they were. Hollywood films would often breeze over the brutality of the Holocaust and to make it seem less bad. The course was super interesting and it was eye-opening to learn about all the history.”

– Ratio-Television-Film (RTF), 2nd Year

Note: This class can only be taken by 1st year students.

8. Media Law (J350F) – Amy Sanders

“Media Law is an 8am class with dense reading materials so people think I’m crazy for loving it so much. However, I felt like I learned the most from this class and felt most engaged with professor Sanders. To be honest, law is really interesting! I loved using laws and cases that I had learned to structure an argument in this class. “

– Journalism and Chinese, 3rd Year

Note: You must have upper-division standing to take this course.

9. General Microbiology (BIO326R) – Peter King

“I really enjoyed this class because of my professor and the content. I especially liked it because of the circumstances we are in now. It’s really cool getting to have a better understanding of the “whys” of the ways certain things happen rather than just memorizing definitions. I enjoyed how Professor King’s lectures were almost like stories. It makes them more engaging.”

-Biology, 2nd Year

Note: In order to take this course, you must have credit with a grade of at least C- or registration for Biology 325 or 325H, and Chemistry 302 or 302H with a grade of at least C-.

10. Psychology of Advertising (ADV319) – Lee Ann Kahlor

“This class was super interesting and approachable even with no prior knowledge of psychology or advertising. I learned something in every lecture. There were no “buffer” or “filler” classes. Professor Kahlor is a great teacher. She’s funny, engaging, and cares deeply about her students and the subject.”

– Journalism, 2nd Year

How UT Culture Perpetuates The Impostor Phenomenon

Every UT Student walks into a top-rated university known for academic competitiveness. They stand among their peers- triple majors, club presidents, and interns- and inevitably compare themselves. It can be overwhelming, to say the least.

That overwhelming feeling can spiral into the Impostor Phenomenon for many students at the University of Texas.

“It’s a sense among individuals who are academically successful who feel like they are frauds,” Dr. Kevin Cokley, a professor in UT’s Department of Educational Psychology, said. Cokley has observed this phenomenon among many students of various backgrounds at UT.

UT’s culture, he said, has the potential to perpetuate this feeling of ineptitude for students. “UT, like any higher education, has a culture that is fairly competitive,” Cokley said. “Students come from strong academic background, being among the best students, they find themselves now not necessarily being at the top of the class, and that can begin those feelings of self doubt.”

All colleges offer academic rigor, but UT is especially intense when it comes to academic success, and is known as a public ivy for providing Ivy League education at a public university. 

“My sense, and based off what we know about Impostor Syndrome, is this sense is heightened at more academically challenging colleges,” Cokley said.

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Such is the case for Gracelyn Prom, a neuroscience and psychology sophomore. “Because UT is so highly competitive, even when I feel like I’m doing well, someone is always doing better,” Prom said. “My pride is invalidated as a result.” 

For Prom, she feels like she’s putting up a facade of a well-rounded image while she actually struggles with her mental health, social life, and academics. These struggles have led her to believe the impostor feeling to be one of the main causes of her anxiety and depression. 

Prom was told growing up that she was smart and her future success would depend on that. As she’s integrated into UT, though, those impostor feelings have had a large impact on how she feels about her success and identity. “As I began to feel my ‘intelligence status’ dissipating, I felt like I was losing an integral piece of who I am as well.”

History Sophomore Amanda Westra, a transfer student, said she shares many of the same sentiments about her own success. At her previous University, St. Edwards, Westra said she never felt the same pressure. 

“It wasn’t the same competitive environment that’s here,” she said. “I want to be up to my own standards and sometimes Impostor Syndrome makes me feel like I’m never going to get there.”

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For Westra, she understands this impostor feeling will come and go and that the inadequacy she feels is not the reality of the situation, but it doesn’t excuse the fact that for her and so many others on the Forty Acres, this phenomenon has a detrimental affect on their mental health.

When it comes to coping with impostor feelings, Prom admitted she’s pretty bad at helping herself in distress. “I usually try to sleep off my emotions,” but that’s only a temporary solution. When she’s able to help herself, she enjoys getting active by rock climbing or dancing.

Westra also enjoys getting active to manage her impostor feelings, as well as focusing on hobbies and classes. But there’s more to it than that. “Coping for me is about positive thinking,” Westra said. “And reminding myself that I’m just as much of a UT student as anyone else.”

Cokley is a big advocate for mental health, and recommends students seek out campus resources like the counseling center, as well as finding students around campus that have similar social identities to talk with in a safe space.

If students are having doubts about their accomplishments, Cokley suggests they keep a diary to note their achievements, no matter how big or small. “You need to sort of remind yourself that you are actually an accomplished individual.” 

Everyone on the Forty Acres has earned their spot in one way or another, and it’s important to remember that as we all traverse through college life. Mental health should be a top priority, so as these feelings creep in, reach out. We are not impostors, no matter how much our brains try to tell us otherwise, and we have to tackle the issue head on to realize that we are not standing behind our peers, but rather right beside them.

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