For this week’s Assignment, you will write a 3-4 page expository essay by examining several foundational behavioral theories. Begin by choosing one of the following movies. After watching the selected movie, choose one character from the movie to provide examples. Use critical analysis to apply the various theories to the characters role in the movie you choose.

  • A Beautiful Mind(2001)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • Disney’s The Kid (Disney, 2000)
  • Forest Gump (1994)
  • Good Will Hunting(1997)
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Rain Man(1988)
  • Sliding Doors (1998)
  • If you would like to use a different movie, you MUST get permission from your instructor first.

Answer the following questions academically, and then choose one main character in the selected movie to use as an example in answering the application questions. For each theory you must analyze the problem and select the best solution.


Explain Erikson’s approach to personality.  Then, choose one stage and fully explain how an individual might get “stuck” in that stage and what one might do to overcome the “stuckness”.

  • MOVIE APPLICATION: How might a character in the movie gotten “stuck?” Did he/she resolve his/her stuckness? If not, how might you help them?


Explain how the biological and environmental approaches might influence the development of personality.

  • MOVIE APPLICATION: Explain how your movie character was influenced by both biology and environment?


Explain the concept of self-efficacy.  How does self-efficacy relate to goal development and personality development.

  • MOVIE APPLICATION: Explain your character’s self-efficacy in moving toward goal achievement.

Word Document Instructions:

  • Follow Assignment directions.
  • Use correct APA formatting per the APA Publication Manual, current Edition.
    • Title Page
    • Use proper headings for each question
    • Citations
    • Figures
    • Reference Page
  • Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard English.
  • Be written in Standard English and be clear, specific, and error-free. If needed, be sure to use the University Writing Center for help.

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