Movie : Good Will Hunting

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Psychology assignment: personality assessment Film: Good Will Hunting Character analysis: Will Hunting The purpose of this report is to analyse the personality of the character, Will Hunting from the film Good Will Hunting using the psychodynamic and humanistic theories of personality. The main characters discussed in this text and their relationship to Will can be seen in appendix 1. Will Hunting epitomises a punk prodigy. The 20-year-old delinquent works as a janitor at MIT, solving impossible equations meant for students in his spare time. After being caught solving an equation only few could solve, he is recruited by one of MIT’s professors and made to participate in a rehabilitation programme with the hope of being employed by the university. Rehabilitation is made challenging as Will is an inherently troubled individual; having grown up in abusive environments and jumping from different foster homes. He uses crude humour and his vast intelligence to intimidate and obstruct progress from being made in therapy. Ultimately a breakthrough occurs after being forced to confront his repressed feelings of blame and insecurity by a college psychologist who happens to share many parallels with the troubled youth. Will is able to accept that, while he had acknowledged events of his past logically, he had not accepted them emotionally, preventing him from achieving his full potential and from committing to any aspect of his life. Sigmund Freud founded the Psychodynamic Theory of Personality to clarify and explain the nature of the whole, individual personality, acting in the real world. Freud focussed on the idea that personality is made up of unconscious and conscious drives, which could be illustrated by the design of an ice ber... ... middle of paper ... ...nally to others in fear of rejection. Thus, the character of Will Hunting has an unhealthy personality from the perspective of two personality theories. In regard to the psychodynamic theory of personality, his experiences from childhood have prevented him from acknowledging his own emotions and from experiencing committed and healthy relations with others; masking his insecurities with humour and aggression. Alternatively, from the humanistic theory of personality perspective, Will refuses to allow himself to achieve all his psychological and physical needs in order to be self actualised and this is due to the dichotomy between his perceived and experienced self in that he views himself as someone who does not require psychological intervention, when in reality he must have it in order to challenge his own views and feelings to allow normality back into his life.
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