Good Will Hunting

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A janitor at MIT, Will Hunting has a gift for math and chemistry that can take him light-years beyond his blue-collar roots, but he doesn't realize his potential and can't even imagine leaving his childhood Boston South End neighborhood, his construction job, or his best friend. To complicate matters, several strangers enter the equation: a brilliant math professor who discovers, even envies, Will's gifts, an empathetic shrink who identifies with Will's blue-collar roots, and a beautiful, gifted pre-med student who shows him, for the first time in his life, the possibility of love. For my paper I’ve chosen Will Hunting for example as I will be answering the given questions.

Erikson's stages of psychosocial development as articulated by Erik Erikson explain eight stages through which a healthily developing human should pass from infancy to late adulthood. In each stage the person confronts, and hopefully masters new challenges. I find that Will would be placed in the stage of “Love” because he depends on his three best friends around him. Will wouldn’t go anywhere without them. Will’s best friends are his family and don’t want them to leave him so he stay’s as close to them as possible. I do agree with Erikson’s theory because it states in the stage of “Love” that depends on “Friends, Partners” which will does. Will is around that age of 20-24 but once he realizes what he wants in life he decides he must dedicate his life on someone he loves for the rest of his life. In which in Erikson’s stage would be called “Care”. Will learned to care for something and take responsibility for something in life.

Ainsworth’s theory of Attachment is the emotional attachment to another person. Will had grown a big attachment to his friends and his childhood. Will never wanted to leave his childhood so he acts like one. Will didn’t have a strong connection with most of the Psychologist. Will didn’t understand that all they wanted to do was to help him and understand why he...
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