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Movie: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Rating: PG
Length: 2hr 9min
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 movie.

Teaching With This Movie:

  • Stockholm Syndrome
    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.

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November 20, 2019


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