Movie Review : Good Will Hunting

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II. INTRODUCTION The film “Good Will Hunting” follows the story of Will Hunting (Matt Damon) a self-taught genius who works at one of the most prestigious technology schools; MIT, as a janitor. Will is an orphan with a criminal record of Assault, grand theft auto, assaulting a police officer, etc. Will solves a complex math problem, which leads to him being discovered by professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) as a genius. Professor Lambeau makes a deal with the judge when Will is incarcerated to be on parole under Lambeau’s supervision and Will is ordered to see a therapist once a week. Will Outsmarts many of the therapists, which forces Lambeau to go to his last resort, college friend and psychology teacher Sean Macguire (Robin Williams). Macguire and Will begin to bond due to their similar troubled past. Will Hunting had a troubled past, his foster parents didn’t care for him and physically abused him, which left him physically and emotionally scarred. Due to the physical abuse, while it is never directly told to the viewer what is the exact disorder Will Hunting has, due to his behaviour and actions it seems that Will developed many psychological disorders straining from mood disorders to personality disorders. Will incorporates many of Freud’s defense mechanisms to cope with his anxiety and fear. Many psychological concepts apply to the film “Good Will Hunting” such as Freud’s Defense Mechanisms, Ainsworth’s Attachment Theory, and Erikson’s theory of Psychosocial Stages of Development. III. ANALYSIS Erik Erikson’s theory says that as individuals we progress through eight psychosocial stages, we as individuals must overcome the conflicts in each stage during our lifespan; failure to do so delays development. (Erikson, 1980... ... middle of paper ... ...transference to connect with Will, therefore Macguire becomes the caregiver that Will never had, this is evident from one of the first meeting spots he takes Will, a public park in Boston, a place where parents take their children to play, explore, etc. III. SUMMARY In order to gain a complete understanding of the film “Good Will Hunting” and the disorders of Will Hunting, it is necessary to understand the many concepts and psychological theories that apply to Will’s condition such as Erik Erikson’s theory of stages of psychosocial development, Sigmund Freud’s defense mechanisms to cope with stress, anger, and fear, and finally Mary Ainsworth’s attachment theory. It is important to apply these theories and concepts to Will Hunting and certain points of his life so we can better understand his condition so we can apply it to future patients with the same disorders.
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