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Abraham Maslow, a famous American Psychiatrist, believed that human beings are designed to acquire a specific set of needs and desires in order to live and maintain a balanced and fulfilled life ( With that being said he developed a five-staged model demonstrating what he believed to be the basic needs and desires of humans. Within this model there are five basic desires: Psychological (breathing, eating, sleeping), safety, social (having a sense of belonging), and esteem (having self-respect and respect from others, independence). Having a deficiency of one or more of those needs, say it be social, as an effect you may become somewhat socially awkward and depressed, which then gives you a motive to acquire the need. It is clear to me that many people living in today’s society are not meeting these basic needs as evidenced by their feelings of rejection and inequity, which in retrospect gives them a motive to fell accepted. In Andrew Stanton and Lee Ulrich’s Finding Nemo and Jennie Livingston’s Paris Is Burning, many ideas concerning traditional values and social norms are challenged.
In Finding Nemo, if one looks past the mere vivacity of the story and broadens his or her mind to the fact that there is a widowed father raising a disabled child, it becomes clear that Stanton and Ulrich have something more to tell than a story about fish. When taking a look at the character of Nemo it is obvious that, because of his disability, his opportunities are limited. In the second scene of the movie, we see Nemo as an overjoyed child excited to finally go to school. Something to also consider is that fact that it’s blatantly obvious that neither Nemo nor his father, Marlin, have left the anemone, the...

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...rtist out there feel the same way? Once you begin to dig deeper and have even a little understanding of psychology, you can easily see how your actions affect other people. If we want to change this world we must start with accepting the changes that are occurring through out the world today.

Works Cited

Hile, Alex. "Finding Nemo Disorders." N.p., 1 June 2011. Web. 02 May
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Whitebeck, Wendy. "Everything I Needed to Know About Character Development I
Learned From a Fish." Everything I Needed to Know About Character Development I Learned From a Fish. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 May 2014. .

Mcleod, Saul. "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs." Simply Psychology. N.p., 2007. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. .

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