Abstract In the past few weeks we have explored human personality development as theorized by some of the world’s most recognized, respected and celebrated psychologists in the field of psychoanalysis. People exists in a culture dependant on social interactions whether it be in their immediate family structure or outside in a community basis, individual personality and behavior reflects who we are as a person. This paper will attempt to analyze and apply the personality theories of Adler, Kelly, and Maslow that best describe the 1986 fictional film character, Forrest Gump. A man who through most of his life was ridiculed because of his slow learning disability and was made to feel inferior by everyone he came in contact with except for his mom, childhood sweetheart and the best friend he had when he was in the military. The film itself is based on his unique personality and his own ambiguous perception of the world around him as he reflects on his life’s challenges, quoting anecdotes from his “mama” that instilled the honesty, integrity and shear simplicity of mind of Forrest Gump.
The movie takes place in the small town of Greenbow, Alabama during the early 1950’s with a backdrop set to an American tapestry of historical events like racial conflict and the war in Viet Nam as he reflects on his own life. As much as it is a story about a man raised in a single parent home from the deep south, it is an unforgettable nostalgic glimpse to the music, trends, events, and noted people of the time. Forrest Gump was born with a physical condition that required him to wear leg braces until he discovered his ability to run “like the wind”, which eventually became his psychological and emotional escape from the cruel realities of life and a stepping stone on his future path. He is depicted as having a below...
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