Beetlejuice Psychological Analysis

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The film Beetlejuice (1988) proves to be a whirlwind of events involving numerous characters with diverse personality types. The main characters are a couple, the Maitlands, who are killed in a car accident. They are stuck as ghosts in their home, when a new family – not to their liking – arrives. The Deetzes and the Maitlands struggle to accept the situation and their new cohabitation. Within the chaos of the movie, remains Lydia Deetz. She is a peculiar teen that is able to bring the two families together, helping them live cordially. Her personality, early childhood, and mental health will be discussed throughout the paper. The hypothetical application of Rogerian Client-Centered Therapy and how it would likely affect Lydia will also be presented.
Lydia Deetz, moves abruptly to rural Connecticut with her father, Charles and her step-mother, Delia. She is a dark, mysterious young girl who even describes herself as “strange and unusual”. She wears dark clothing and sports a camera around her neck. Lydia’s apparent flat affect does not bode well with her father and step-mother, often causing her step-mother to roll her eyes. With the limited information in the movie, regarding Lydia’s early childhood, theories about how her behaviors and thought processes were developed can
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As a client who has suicidal ideations, which is symptomatic of depression, a client-centered approach might help Lydia feel as though she has a voice and is capable of determining her own worth and becoming self-aware. This approach, as compared to other approaches, such as a form of existential therapy, focuses more on building self-esteem and repairing damage to their self-image that was done in their childhood. For Lydia in particular an approach of the existential type, might be helpful, but more so if it is integrated into another approach such as

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