Psychology Topics: Stockholm Syndrome; Id, Ego, and Superego
Storyline: Based on an 18-century fairy tale, a girl
trades places with her father, who is held captive by a beast who was put under a spell for having
lacked empathy and compassion.. NOTE: In addition to Disney's new live-action version, you can
also watch the original 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast
Teaching With This Movie:
Read about the 1973 bank robbery, in which hostages developed strong emotional ties with their
captors, leading to the acknowledgement of the psychological condition known as Stockholm Syndrome.
What are the 4 components generally needed to diagnose Stockholm Syndrome? What are some of the
criticisms made against this diagnosis? Read about a modern-day example, such as the abduction
of Elizabeth Smart, and decide if Stockholm Syndrome applies to that situation.
Id, Ego, and Superego
Read about Sigmund Freud's id, ego, and superego of the human psyche. Create a chart that identifies
when these aspects theoretically develop and what parts of the personality they control. In the Beauty
and the Beast movie, give examples of how specific characters personify the id, ego, and superego.