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Forrest Gump's development
Forrest Gump's Development
Trust vs. Mistrust
Children develop a sense of trust when caregivers provide reliability, care, and affection. A lack of this will lead to mistrust.
- She's loving and encouraging
- She referred to his leg braces as "magic shoes"
- She never treats him differently
Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt
Children need to develop a sense of personal control over physical
skills and a sense of independence. Success leads to feelings of
autonomy, failure results in feelings of shame and doubt.
- His Mom made him feel good about his family heritage (even though it was Ku Klux Klan).
- Mom told him "Don't let anyone tell you they're better than you Forrest"
- "You're no different than anybody else is"
- "I can run as the wind blows"
Protection from feeling shame
- Mom lies to him about the meaning of vacation (his Dad being on vacation)
Initiative vs. Guilt
Children need to begin asserting control and power over the environment. Success in this stage leads to a sense of purpose. Children who try to exert too much power experience disapproval, resulting in a sense of guilt.
Encouragement from Jenny
- To climb the tree
- To run away from the bullys
Meeting the school bus driver
- He doesn't want to go in because she's a stranger, but he introduces himself and she does the same-
Industry vs. Inferiority
Going to "normal" school