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Biological and Humanistic
Approach on Cinderella
PSYC 4322

Cinderella Character Description
Cinderella is a Disney character that most of us have come to know and love. She is known for her physical beauty and her story. Her story includes happiness, sadness, love, and dreams coming true. Cinderella is born into a privileged family until her father dies and she is left living with her “evil” stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella soon found herself living like a servant to her stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella was very patient and kind. She seemed very resilient to any form of trauma or abuse she may have suffered. She was very obedient. Despite hating the way her stepmother and stepsisters treated her, she still obeyed. She did a ridiculous amount of work and never complained! Humanistic Approach

In Cinderella’s earliest childhood she had the company of both of her parents. It seemed that she was very loved which may serve as an example for the love that she shows for animals and even her step-family. There is a scene in the movie, where she is with her father enjoying the garden fountain. Life scenes like this show that Cinderella was right on target for a life-trajectory that includes self-actualization and other humanistic life goals. After Cinderella’s parents died, she lived with her step-family and treated like a slave in her own house. This is an example of our natural predisposition parents have to protect their own biological children. Humanistic approach is more based on free-will. Considering Cinderella’s gifts, she also demonstrates creative talent. When she first learned of the ball, she quickly realized she needed to make herself a gown. With a design book in hand, she seemed to have an inspired peak experience (Tardy & Snyder, 2004) as she easily adapted her own design with limited materials available to her. This talent would be of special interest from a humanistic perspective because her creativity may be partially based...
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