A Psychoanalysis On Will Hunting Essay

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Introduction Gus Van Sant’s 1997 movie “Good Will Hunting,” introduces 20 year old Will Hunting, an orphan who was physically abused by his foster dad. Despite, his lack of social skills, and criminal record, Will is intellectually superior to other young adults. Math professor Gerard attempts to straighten up Will’s life by sending him to therapy. The following essay will be a psychoanalysis on Will Hunting, and will discuss, Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, Ainsworth’s theory of attachment, defense mechanisms, and the movie’s portrayal of therapy. Erikson’s theory states that “[social forces effect our human development], […] [the individual himself, and society play an important role in personality development]” (S. Wood, E. G. Wood, Boyd, E. Wood, & Desmarais, 2015). Ainsworth’s theory states that “[it is important for children to form a secure attachment with their care givers so that they can develop physically and mentally]” (S. Wood et al., 2015). Will’s lack of attachment causes his ego to “[unconsciously use defense mechanisms] to defend against anxiety; [involving] self-deception and the distortion of reality” (S. Wood et al., 2015).
Erikson’s theory of psychological development describes, the effect social forces have on human development, and Erikson believes that the individual himself, and society play an important role in the development of personality (S. Wood et al., 2015). External events within our environment shape us therefore I…

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