Good Will Hunting Essay

1230 Words Oct 1st, 2005 5 Pages
The relationship between Psychology and Movies

Movies are most of the time related to a human being's life. Movies apply psychology to their plots. For example, movies like the StepMom directed by Chris Columbus, and Good Will Hunting directed by Gus Van Sant show us that psychology is part of our lives in a day to day base. It could go from a divorce to a person who is scared to take a step in life. The textbook, Psychology: Core Concept, by Philip G. Zimbarbo, Ann L. Weber, and Robert L. Johnson, utilizes examples from these movies. We are going to see how these movies relate to the core principles of psychology.
In Chapter four, we see how psychology starts all the way from the beginning of our lives. It shows how we as organisms
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This stage is when our abstract thought appears. Then it continues to social and emotional development. This is where they child develops a theory of mind which is an awareness that other people's behavior may be influenced by beliefs, desires, and emotions that differ from one's own (pg. 137.) This makes up a person temperament, socialization and attachment. This part of the chapter is where the example from the movie StepMom directed by Chris Columbus is relevant.
In this movie there are two children named Anna and Ben. They are the children of Jackie and Luke who are divorced. When a new woman comes in to the life of the father the kids can not cope with it. The new woman was a successful photographer named Isabel. In the movie we see a problem with socialization when Isabel has different behavior patterns, values, standard, skill, attitudes and motives then their mom Jackie. These affects the kids' ways of being brought up correctly because they are not able to distinguish which is the correct way. Even though she does her best to treat the kids in a way that makes them still feel at home when being with their dad. Another way that the children are affected is through attachment. Since they are born they had been with their mother and know they have to make room for another mother figure. They are confused whether it is all right to love Isabel and whether by loving Isabel, they do not love their mom. The kids do not want…

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