Film: "Good Will Hunting" Analytical Essay by KatiaK

Film: "Good Will Hunting"
Analyzes the psychological case of Will Hunter as presented in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting".
# 111140 | 2,370 words | 2 sources | APA | 2005 | CA
Published on Jan 12, 2009 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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This paper explains the background information about the psychological problems of Will Hunter as presented in the film "Good Will Hunting". The author uses the multi-axial diagnostic system provided in the DSM-IV to analyze Will's conduct disorder, which falls under each of the five axes. The paper relates information from the film to support this diagnosis and to demonstrates the factors which led to Will's recovery. The author concludes that this recovery as depicted in the film was somewhat unrealistic; however, over an extended period of treatment, it is very likely that Will could have made great progress.

From the Paper:

"There is no diagnosis relevant to Will on Axis III, but on Axis IV Will falls under V61.10, Partner Relational Problems, and V15.81, Non-compliance with treatment. Will goes through three therapists due to his non-compliance before Sean finally agrees to work with him. Even then, Will goes through a number of non-compliant sessions with Sean whereby they sit in silence and Will refuses to talk. With respect to relational problems, Will has difficulty with his girlfriend, and eventually tells her that he does not love her because he is afraid of moving to California with her only to eventually be rejected."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Ed: Text Revision - DSM-IV-TR. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
  • Good Will Hunting 1997, Miramax , directed by Gus Van Sant. written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

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