Good Will Hunting

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Psychology analysis of Good Will Hunting movie

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Good Will Hunting
  1. Psychology Schools of Thought
    1. Behavrioal Psychology
      1. Through therapy, Sean tries to uncover what makes Will behave the way he does based on his past and present life
      2. Psycholanalysis
        1. Sean examines Will's unconscious mind through therapy in order to understand his internal conflicts
        2. Cognitive Psychology
          1. A hypnotist attempts to analyze Will's behavior by accessing his memories
        3. Defence Mechanisms
          1. Projection
            1. Will projects his negative view on life onto the people he meets. For instance, he points out other peoples flaws, but not his own
            2. Denial
              1. Will denies his abusive past whenever he is questioned. Also, he denies he needs any help or therapy
              2. Displacement
                1. Will is angry at Skylar, but hits the wall to project his anger onto a less threateneing target
                2. Compensation
                  1. Will makes up for his weaknesses in other aspects of life in terms of jobs and social relationships by excelling in mathematics
                  2. Will is adept at anticipating failure in relationships, so he tries to avoid them
                    1. Sublimation
                      1. Will gets into fights to release anger in a "socially" acceptable way
                    2. Serial Killers
                      1. Will fits the profile of a serial killer: white male in his 20's, good looking, charismatic, average to above IQ
                        1. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
                          1. Little social interactions
                            1. Trouble maintaining relationships
                              1. Parental maltreatment
                                1. Deviant and disruptive behaviour
                                2. Mental Health Disorders
                                  1. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
                                    1. Recurrent and persistent patterns of angry moods, defiant behavior and vindictiveness
                                      1. Will does not view himself oppositional to authority figures
                                        1. Will feels that his behavior is justified because of his past childhood abuse
                                        2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
                                          1. Will was abused by his alcoholic foster father
                                            1. Will withdraws himself from social settings
                                              1. Will has an avoidant personality and a fear to face others
                                              2. Will expresses himself through violence and angry outbursts
                                              3. Reactive Attachment Disorder
                                                1. Will grew up in foster homes where the environment is unstable, therefore no parent actually showed their love or sympathy for him
                                                  1. Rejects other's efforts to connect and comfort him
                                                    1. Anger issues
                                                      1. Failure to reach out for help or support
                                                    2. Erik Erikson's Stages of Development
                                                      1. Trust vs Mistrust
                                                        1. Will doen't trust anyone with his feelings or emotions. He pushes away people because he has a fear of failing relationships. As a child, he was abused by foster parents. He grew up with nobody showing concern, love, or sympathy for him
                                                        2. Self Reliance vs Doubt
                                                          1. Will is careless; he doesn't go to therapy or any job interviews. He doesn't try to reach his full potential.
                                                          2. Initiative vs Guilt
                                                            1. Will feels guilty about what happened with his foster dad
                                                            2. Industry vs Inferiority/Identity vs Role Confusion
                                                              1. Will establishes his identity as a Southern Boston man, however, her fails to establish self control with his anger issues
                                                              2. Intimacy vs Isolation
                                                                1. Will forms an intimate relationship with Skylar. He puts her needs before his. He is able to care deeply for another person
                                                              3. Sigmund Freud's Personality Development Theory
                                                                1. Genital
                                                                  1. Will forms relationships, specifically an intimate relationship with a girl named Skylar, and looks for a job
                                                                  2. Oral
                                                                    1. Will smokes often
                                                                    2. Phallic
                                                                      1. Will and his friends often talk about sex. When Skylar says she would withhold sex, Will obliges.
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