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Throughout the course we were ask wo watch films and then find psychological concepts in the films. The film we watched today Cast Away is no exception. The film today had the psychological concepts of motivation, Maslows heirarchy of needs, Erikson's stages of psychosocial development asw well as the interal locus of control. On the topic of motivation. Motivation is something that leads a person to obtaining a desire. Last year one of the psychology classes we talked about a concept that delt with motivation called drive reduction theory. Drive reduction theory is defined as psychological need that creates tension in your body pushing you to satisfy it. Some examples of drive reduction theory include sex, smoking and drinking as well as eating and things vital for baisc human survival. Frued was the one who created this theory, he kind of put into prespcetive that all of out behavior and the mere purpose of our behavior is to satisfy our needs. Maslow's hierarchy of needs also includes the idea of motivation. The movie accurately showed Chuck’s motivation throughout. For example Chuck tried to compensate for love he had with Kelly and did so with Wilson and his cave drawing of her. Not to mention her also had her gift, the pocket watch with a picture of her. He knew that the only way he could be with Kelly was to get off the island. The movie portrayed drive reduction theory for example whrn Chuck satisfies his basic need for food with the coconuts, crabs, and fish. He then drinks coconut water as well as rainwater that he collected from leaves. With Wilson he also gets his sense of belongningness. Another topic I wanted to talk about is Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development.The one specific aspect of Eri... ... middle of paper ... ...at he is not in controll of his own life, and that in the end he would not even be in control of how he dies. He does not know who he is, and just has to keep on living to figure that out. At the end of the film you see Chuck at a crossroads which I found to be super symbolic. Ultimately, I feel as though the symbolic meaning of crossroads deals with choice, consequence, making a selection about the direction in which we want to go wheter it being physically, philosophically and or both. The ending leaves us with many thoughts. Does he go back to see the girl with the wings? What do the wings represent? What does he deciede to do at the crossroads? There was also a parallel I picked up, when Wilson is lost out at sea Chuck yells to him “ I'm so sorry Wilson! I'm sorry!” which we later see him saying the same exact thing to Kelly. I just thought it was interesting.

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