Where'd You Go, BernadetteDVD - 2019
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You'd think that having a sick child would either bring a husband and wife closer together or tear them apart. But in our case, it didn't do either. We just started... drifting.
Whatever you do don't ever tell Mom you're bored. She'll be like, "Well, guess what? It only gets more boring and the sooner you learn it's on you to make your own life interesting the better off you'll be. "
I read once dolphins operate in this complicated social order with alliances and enemies and enforcers, recruiters. Almost like the Mafia, or maybe high school. They even battle sometimes, where they bash each other over the heads with their tails. Why do all the smart creatures organize themselves in these weird social structures? Audrey does everything at Galer Street. She created the Diversity Council. She set up Marathon Kids. She invented Donuts for Dads. Mom once signed up to be the kindergarten room parent, but I think she got bashed over the head by the other dolphins.
I know I'm not authorized to, uh, be here, but, you know, I'll work for free. No job is too demeaning.
-Yeah, that's great, but guess what. There are people here who have come here through proper channels. They have written approvals, gotten grants. And you show up here unannounced, a stowaway, and you expect a spot?
But I am an architect.
-That doesn't mean shit around here. I mean, I have Nobel Prize winners
sanding and painting decks, an economist on kitchen duty, and a television executive who's studying fur seals.
People like you must create. That's what you were brought into this world to do, Bernadette. If you don't, you become a menace to society.
Bernadette, I'm worried that you are suffering from adjustment disorder.
-Adjusting is a disorder?
Adjustment disorder is a psychological response brought on by stressors
and usually involves anxiety or depression.
Have you ever heard that the brain is like a discounting mechanism? Say someone gives you a present and it's a diamond necklace and you open it and you love it. You're all happy at first and then the next day it still makes you happy but a little bit less so. A year later, you see the necklace
and you think, "Oh, that old thing." And do you know why your brain discounts things? It's for survival. You need to be prepared for new experiences because they could signal danger. Wouldn't it be great if we could reset that since there aren't a lot of saber-toothed tigers jumping out at us? Seems like a design flaw that our brain's default settings signal danger and survival instead of something like joy or appreciation. I think that's what happened to my mom. She got so focused on picking up danger signals that her discounting mechanism forgot to see all the good stuff in her life. And maybe Dad had quit seeing the diamond necklace side of Mom.
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