Understanding the Brain

Breaking point (psychology)

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In human psychology, the breaking point is a moment of stress in which a person breaks down or a situation becomes critical. For example, finally getting someone to confess to a crime during an interrogation means the suspect has been broken. A breaking point can lead to a shift in morals and world perception, such as in the movie Apocalypse Now where Colonel Kurtz reaches his breaking point after seeing a gruesome act of the Vietcong, and in turn defects from the U.S. Army.

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