Good Will Hunting Analysis

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Case Study Will Hunting Location: South Boston Age: 20-21 Summary: Will Hunting is a young man from South Boston. He was abandoned by his parents, and was abused by his foster father. He grew up in the hard streets of South Boston, and became an aggressive, buck wild guy. He has anger issues, constantly getting into legal trouble, acts immature and evasive in serious situations, and is quite violent. In spite of all this he is extremely intelligent. A college professor discovers him after he completes difficult math work he did while working as a janitor at a college. He works with the professor but sometimes becomes oppositional and defiant. The professor takes him to see a psychologist. The psychologist, Sean, has a hard time at first relating to Will Hunting, but eventually they make a break through. In the meantime, Will finds a girl, Skylar that he gets romantically involved with. When they get to close, he deserts her. Eventually, Will must find his own path as a young man in a big world. He has the potential to do great things but some question if he’ll take advantage of his gifts. He eventually finished therapy with Sean, finishes work with the professor, turns down a government job, and goes on a quest to find Skylar and rekindle they’re relationship. 1. An example of Classical Conditioning in Will Hunting’s situation is when he is doing therapy with Sean. In the beginning they don’t get along and Sean and Will clash many times. Eventually Sean opens up to Will, and in turn, Will opens up to Sean. As doctor and patient they develop a friendship, a trust. The cause is Sean opening up to Will, and effect is Will himself opening up to Sean. 2. An example of Operant Conditioning is when Will gets into legal troubles. He always manages to get into problems with the law throughout his life, but because of his extensive knowledge
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