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Catch Me If You Can
Transcript of Catch Me If You Can
Flashback: Six years earlier in New York
Frank Sr. - financial trouble, Paula - affair with Jack; Divorce
Frank Jr. runs away, forges checks to get by
First major scam: Impersonating an airline pilot
Frank steals $2.8 million; Carl Hanratty begins pursuing Frank
Scams as Secret Service agent, doctor, lawyer
Frank becomes lonely despite constant sexual conquests
Calls Carl; Meets a nurse named Brenda
Carl tracks Frank down; He flees to Europe
A year later, Carl locates, captures, and extradites Frank to the U.S.
Frank escapes the plane on the runway, goes to Paula's home
Devastated Frank is taken away by police
12-year prison term
Frank gets work in FBI thanks to Carl Primary focus on Frank
Constant scams as teacher, pilot, Secret Service agent, doctor
Many sexual conquests without commitment
Feels lonely; Reaches out to Carl
Frank's development throughout movie
Remorse for actions
Falls in love with Brenda
Eventually gets job, has family Relation to Psychology Accuracy of Psychological Concepts Freud’s pleasure seeking principle was most applicable
Both Maslow and Erikson were partially incorrect
Erikson said failure in one stage would lead to failure in other stages
Maslow said certain needs were satisfied in a particular order
Catch Me if You Can ...
Shows that while some aspects of every theory are not entirely accurate, they can combine to successfully explain even the most unique cases.
Shows that people grow and develop over time and there is a possibility for change no matter how unique the situation.
Provides an accurate example of antisocial personality disorder and how it has both advantages and disadvantages.
Portrays the incredible potential of humans no matter the circumstances Conclusion Aviles, S. (2010, November 10). American ex-forger and security expert Frank W. Abagnale Jr.. The Pretender. Retrieved June 6, 2013, from greatpretender11.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/sorel-aviles-passing-sample-assignment.pdf
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV-TR. (4th ed.). (2000). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
Myers, D. G. (2007). Psychology (8th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers.
Singer, E. (2007, February 7). Imaging Deception in the Brain. MIT Technology Review. Retrieved June 6, 2013, from http://www.technologyreview.com/news/407278/imaging-deception-in-the-brain/page/2/ Sources Summary Trailer Characters Frank Abagnale, Jr.
Frank Abagnale, Sr.
Carol Strong Years of deception and fraud --> Antisocial Personality Disorder
DSM-IV definition of APD
Failure to conform
Lack of remorse
Evidence of Conduct Disorder with onset before age 15
Antisocial Personality Disorder does not necessarily imply physical violence; Hurting others can appear as stealing and mistreating Evidence of Early-Onset Conduct Disorder Loneliness, Remorse What would the pros say? Freud
The pleasure principle: People seek pleasure in order to satisfy their psychological and biological needs
Frank's need for pleasure was satisfied by women
Frank’s biological urges and selfish behavior --> very strong ID (Freud’s Structural Model)
Frank’s Ego, or sense of self, was a cause for his desire to convince the world of his success What would the pros say? Erikson's stages of development
Little information on stages prior to Identity vs. Role Confusion (13-21)
Frank experienced role confusion issues; failed to develop sense of self/identity
Intimacy vs. Isolation
Frank developed intimacy with his wife
Generativity vs. Stagnation
Frank developed generativity; Had a family, found work in forge prevention What would the pros say? Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
Frank always satisfied physiological needs first, as expected
Hierarchy order does not quite apply past that
Frank satisfies self-esteem, the fourth level, before the second and third levels which are safety and love
Maslow’s self-actualization theory
Very appropriate when applied to older Frank
He has accomplished a lot; Successful career
He has developed morality, creativity, and an ability to problem solve