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Psycological Analysis of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"

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Transcript of Psycological Analysis of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"

Movie Trailer

eating Gilbert Grape?
"I want a new thing. House. I want a new house. And a family. [sigh] I want Momma to take aerobics classes. I want Ellen to grow up. I want a new brain for Arnie. I want..."
Generalities of the Film
Primary Relationships
"We're not going ANYWHERE!"

Bonnie (Mother)
Ellen (Older Sister)
Arnie (Younger Brother)
Amy (Youngest Sister)
Albert (Late Father)
Pressure and stress
Feelings of entrapment
Feelings of responsibility and resentment towards his family
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
About Gilbert

Gilbert Grape
Other Relationships...
Roughly 24 years old

Lives in small town of Endora, Iowa

Works at Lamson's Grocery, the local grocery store, making money for his family

Takes on responsibility of caring for his brother Arnie and maintaining the house that his father built for his family

Town acknowledges him for being like his late father, but also for being his laughing stock of a family.
Tucker & Bobby
Betty Carver
What are Gilbert's actions?
"Where are you going, Gilbert?"
What are Gilbert's Goals
Therapeutic Goals
Focusing on Psychoanalysis:
1. Making the unconscious conscious
Family Resentment
2. Growth of the Ego through analysis of resistance
Finding balance between external reality and inner demands
Allow ego to solve the unconscious conflicts
3. Restructuring of personality
Focusing on personal dreams and goals
4. Reflect on the past to the extent that it sheds light on a client's present and future direction
Focus less on irrational guilt of not being able to live up to families high standards
5. Balance (person centered therapy)
Congruence between what one wants to become and what one actually is

Concepts of Adlerian Theory
Concepts of Psychoanalysis
Conscious vs. Unconscious
Prior to this scene, deep conversation
with Becky about her dreams in life

Unconscious brought out through therapeutic techniques

Unconscious coming to the conscious

-Result of repressed feelings, memories, desires, and experiences that emerge to the surface of awareness

Reality anxiety
Fear of danger from the external world, world outside of family

Helping Gilbert handle external pressures

"I just want to be a good person"
"We got to do better"- family

When anxiety can not be controlled by rational and direct methods.....

Ego-Defense Mechanisms

Reaction Formation
Treatment and view of mother (letting kids sneak in and look at her)
(masking negative emotions)

Role as "the man of the house"

Staying in him hometown
Working at his job

Psychosocial Stages
Erik Erikson
Preschool Age: Initiative vs Guilt

Effects of Father's Death
"If they are not allowed to make their own decisions, they tend to develop
over taking initiative. They then refrain from taking an active stance and allow other to choose for them"
(during counseling session)
Gilbert's Family
Arnies' 18th Birthday Party
What do you want for
? Just for you?
"I want to be a good person."
Bobby Tucker
Mrs. Carver
Adlerian Techniques:
Family Constellation
Lifestyles Assessment
Early Recollections
Private Logic

Psychoanalytic Techniques:
Blank Screen Approach
Free Association
Analysis of Resistance

(during counseling session)
Review Gilbert's personality
(during counseling session)
Capacity of Self-Awareness
Therapist/Client Relationship
(during counseling session)
Relationship with Counselor
Clients' progress is therapist's presence.





* Shame

* Feel Guilty

* Pressure

* Time Management

* Self Awareness

*Relationship- People around Gilbert.

What do you want for you? Just for you?

"I want to be a good person."
*You don't have to feel shame, guilty and pressure.
*You have freedom to choose, willful, creative, and expressive.
* "Transference" moment- unconscious shifts to conscious.
Theoretical Framework
Straight from the therapist desk.....
Adlerian Therapy:
Birth Order
Family Constellation

Conscious and the Unconscious
Ego Defense Mechanisms
Erikson's Psychosocial Stages

Hopes for Gilbert:
Willing to share
Change mistaken beliefs

Taking on the role of the "father"

Birth Order
Second Oldest
-Middle Child Tendencies

Feels Squeezed out

Switchboard and Peace Maker
-Holds things together

From a Adlerian Framework....
From a Psychoanalytic Framework, Looking at Gilbert's Behaviors.....
Conscious vs. Unconscious


Ego-Defense Mechanisms
-Reaction Formation

Erik Erikson
-Effects of early childhood
Allow Glibert the opportunity to project his feelings
-Offers Insight
-Stay attuned
Explore parallels between past and present

*It may be more appropriate to use Person Centered Therapy
-empathetic and supportive

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