In the movie Ordinary People an upper-class family living in a wealthy Chicago suburb suffers from the unexpected death of their eldest son. Devastated by the loss of their son Calvin and Beth try to rebuild their lives after their younger son, Conrad, attempts suicide after the traumatic incidence of his brother’s death. I will use the five different therapeutic approaches to treat this family. Using psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral, cognitive, and family therapy I will be able to provide treatment to this family in crisis. The movie takes its shape when we find that the mother Beth as cold and withdrawn from her son Conrad. When her husband Calvin finally confronts her about her lack of sympathy and concern is one of the most affective scenes in the movie. Calvin finally realizes that she is incapable of such emotions, always has been, and will never change. She is so dazed by the revelation she says nothing, turns around, packs her bags, and leaves in a taxi. I would have to treat Beth by using cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy will teach Beth new, more adaptive ways of thinking and acting. Beth is so afraid of what others will think of her, to friends she is a perfect person that everyone wants to socialize with. Living up to others expectations Beth is so afraid to show any emotion. Cognitive therapy will not only alter the way Beth thinks of her sons death, but will also change the way she acts towards it leading her to maybe let go and show emotion of what she actually feels inside. Next we have Conrad, who seems to believe his brothers’ death was his entire fault. Even when something goes wrong he is convinced that all the blame should be aimed towards him. Using psychoanalytic therapy Conrad will have a healthier, less anxious lifestyle when he releases all his energy he has towards his brothers’ death or anything that may bother him. Doing so would allow Conrad to release previously repressed...
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