Will Hunting Biopsychosocial Model

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1. Using the biopsychosocial model, clearly identify the source and external presentation of Will Hunting’s problems. Biological influences include brain mechanisms. Will Hunting’s ill temperament attributes to an abnormality of his amygdala. The amygdala is a part of the limbic system in the brain that influences aggression and fear. Stimulation of the amygdala will evoke reactions relating to aggression and fear. As a result, the sight of his childhood bully is significant enough to trigger an over-reactive emotional response in the form of physical violence. The limbic system is also responsible for Will Hunting’s addiction to smoking and drinking. The hypothalamus is a part of the limbic system that is referred as the reward center. His…show more content…
A traditional therapist would exhibit qualities of sophistication, sensitivity, and empathy. However, Sean lacks professionalism throughout the process, he is sarcastic and verbally abusive. There is a lot of name calling between the client and the therapist which is untraditional. Sean does not display sensitivity towards Will’s problems, but instead calls him out directly, and shows disapproval. Empathy is also not evident as Sean begins to kick Will out of his office when he gets frustrated and does not act understanding of his feelings. The whole process seems like constant bickering between two friends. It is not the ideal therapeutic alliance, but it producd a desirable result, which is overcoming difficulties and achieving personal growth. I would not change anything in the film, because the therapeutic process is appropriate because it’s fictional and it works well with Will’s character and personality. Sean constructs a strategic therapeutic process that subtly helps Will without being apparent because Will is not the type of person who would admit needing help. The end of the film is strange because Sean unexpectedly transforms Will by repeating “it’s not your fault.” The result of the whole process is uncommon because Will’s transformation is too dramatic, and in reality the recovery for a client would be less drastic and life
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