In the beginning, Kala finds Tarzan by him as a baby. This is where he goes through the first stage of Piaget’s Cognitive Development, the sensorimotor stage (0-2 years). He uses touch to feel Kala, which inevitably becomes his mother. He cannot distinguish himself from his environment. He has no concept of past or future and all he is aware of is what is occurring here and now. The child relies entirely on its senses. As a baby, he does not understand that his parents at some point were in the same room as him and use to exist and exhibits signs of Object Permanence. He uses touch to explore his surroundings and is a relaxed child since he is so accepting of everything that is going on around him. He also displays secure infant attachment by forming a bond with Kala his new caregiver who he recognizes as his mother. He is also in the first stage of Erikson’s Theory, Trust vs. Mistrust. Tarzan trusts Kala as soon as he...
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... to it I learned so much more about the film than ever before. The characters make you fall in love with them every step of the way, especially Kala who was extremely loving, even to someone she was not familiar with. The world can look at how she treated Tarzan in how we should treat each other. It is true that you can take psychology and apply it to anything that you see in everyday life. This movie definitely relates to class since Tarzan was in an environment that is not so similar to ours, but he was raised by gorillas. Even though this happened, he still went through key milestones in childhood that a regular child goes through. Especially when it comes to feeling like you do not belong or that you are different from everyone else. Society treats those who are different wrong, just as Tarzan’s peers did him because they could not understand what or who he was.
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