Antwone Fisher

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Antwone Fisher

The focus of this paper is on psychodynamic (intergenerational and psychoanalytic) family therapies; and how these concepts apply to helping the protagonist in the major motion picture Antwone Fisher overcome traumatic incidents he experienced during his childhood and adolescent years, as well as help him to manage his current anger issues. Psychodynamics, in its broadest sense, is an approach to the study of human behavior that emphasizes the study and use of the psychological forces that underlie human behavior, feelings and emotions; how they relate to early childhood experiences . . . (Sher & Sher, 2015). Intergenerational and psychoanalytic family therapies can be described as an approach to the study of how a
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 Sexual and aggressive drives are at the heart of human nature
 Every human being wants to be appreciated
 Symptoms are attempted to cope with unconscious conflicts over sex and aggression
 Internalized objects become projected onto important others; we then evoke responses from them that fit that object, they comply, and we react to the projection rather than the real person
 Early experiences affect later relationships
 Internalized objects affect inner experience and outer relationships
In addition, Kerr (2000) points out that a core assumption is that an emotional system that evolved over several billion years governs human relationship systems.
Thus, intergenerational and psychoanalytic family therapies “share several key concepts and practices: examining a client’s early relationships to understand present functioning; tracing transgenerational and extended family dynamics to understand a client’s complaints; promoting insight into extended family dynamics to facilitate change; and identifying and altering destructive beliefs and patterns of behavior that were
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