In Ponzio’s novel Lucky’s Dream, a man, Lucky is accused of murdering a six-month-old baby by being shaken by the limbs. Lucky is being blamed for many reasons, the most important reason. He acts like a dog. When you think about how a dog would act after being abandoned and hurt, you would think that the dog would become scared of everyone, would have a hard time trusting and would protect him/herself. That is how Lucky was acting. By looking at cognitive psychology- according to Landrum, “The topics are wide-ranging, subjects such as attention, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, logic, decision-making, creativity, language, cognitive development, and intelligence are some of the many areas of interest in cognitive psychology.”(Landrum, n.d.) – we are able to look and see if Lucky was mistreated in any way that would cause him to act shy, scared and untrusting. Through reading Lucky’s Dream we are able to see that Lucky was, “He simply appeared one evening at the rest area on Interstate 91 in Lyndonville. The attendant said he saw a battered old Chevy with Connecticut plates. Someone shoved a teenaged kid out the door, then took off fast. He called the cops, and Lucky ended up living with Sue’s neighbors until he turned eighteen.”(Ponzio, 1999 pg. 20-21). This could cause a lot of harm to a teenage boy, being kicked out or abandoned by his family, to have that trauma in his life. It makes you wonder if Lucky was abused when he was a child, to make it so easy for his family to abandon him. This can cause Lucky to feel unimportant and reluctant to put himself out there, to create new friends. According to Seligman, many people are always happy because they put themselves out there and are social with others. Did Lucky try to put himself out there when he was in foster care? When Lucky was in jail and was being prosecuted, his lawyer, Diane Ashley-Warner, just wanted to send him to Waterbury State Hospital because he would not talk. Jimmy did not believe this was the best idea for Lucky. “Send your difficult client off to the shrinks and never see him again. No trial, no conviction, no work, just Waterbury State Hospital for Lucky until he dies or they kill him with their so-called ‘treatments.’ Is that what you want?”(Ponzio, 1999 pg. 25) You would think going to a hospital would be better than going to jail. You would get the treatment and the help you need to work through the problems at hand. But Jimmy believes that it’s the wrong moved. If the novel Lucky’s Dream took place today in Vermont, Lucky would not have the choice of going to the Waterbury State Hospital, “Many of these detainees used to go to the Vermont State Hospital. Right now, the Brattleboro Retreat takes that population. But frequently, they’re not going to the Brattleboro Retreat because the Retreat is full. So they’re stuck in jail instead.”(Lindholm, 2013, October 21). The mentally ill aren’t able to go to the Hospitals anymore to get the help they need and because the Brattleboro Retreat is usually full, the only place we can put them in jail. Are they able to get the help they need? If Lucky was to go to jail would he get better? According to psychologist Neil Metzner. “‘We don’t really delve into past traumas or issues that might trigger other emotional difficulties. What we deal with is the frustration of corrections, of being incarcerated, of the boredom of incarceration…and probably working with them a little more quickly and less in-depth than you would see in the community.”(Lindholm, 2013, October 21).