Providence College Anti Humanistic Psychology in Patch Adams Report

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Question Description

I’m working on a Psychology exercise and need support.

Please Google PATCH ADAMS film and go to the bottom of their list. You only need to watch about an hour or so to get its humanistic meaning, but I am sure that once you start you will want to see the entire movie.

Pay particular attention to which character says the following: "You're focusing on the problem! If you focus on the problem, you can't see the solution. Never focus on the problem. Look beyond! See what no one else sees. See what everyone else chooses not to see out of FEAR, CONFORMITY, or LAZINESS. See the whole world anew every day. Yes, then you'll be on your way." Then this character renames Hunter with the name Patch.

This begins to introduce the importance of names and naming in this film and their connections to Humanistic psychology. As you watch the film, note all the plays with names by the different characters and their significance. Some characters use naming for anti-humanistic purposes; others to enhance humanity. How do names and naming perform this purpose? Please write a one page single-spaced essay on the theme of names in this movie to express humanistic and/or anti-humanistic psychology.

Review the text about Abraham Maslow and Humanistic psychology. Study his hierarchy of needs. Have you had peak experiences? What hinders you from pursuing your own self-actualiztion? How does renaming Hunter as Patch free him to ascend the hierarchy to find his own self-actualization? Some thoughts to consider.


1. Read and review text on Humanistic psychology.

2. Watch the movie PATCH ADAMS and note the thematic uses of names in the film.

3. Write a one page, single-spaced essay on the use of names as a thematic tool in the movie.

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Final Answer

Hello there, here is the complete paper. Go through it and in case of anything, feel free to alert me.Regards

Running head: PATCH ADAMS


Patch Adams
Patch Adams is a film about Dr. Hunter Adams, who believes that the medical profession
should embrace more humanistic traits like compassion, joy, and hope to treat patients.
Thesis: In this paper, I discuss how the film uses names to achieve its thematic relevance.
The use of names as a thematic tool in Patch Adams
Paragraph 1
One of the ways the film effectively uses names is when Mendelsohn nicknames Dr.
Hunter "Patch" (YouTube [Video], n.d.).
Paragraph 2
Secondly, the naming of the Gesundheit Hospital with the help of Mendelson helps to
show the lengths to which Dr. Patch aimed at transforming the world.
Paragraph 3
Another instance we see the use of names to achieve the theme is the use of the name
There is a lot to learn from this film. Personally, I have had peak experiences in my life,
but I must say I have yet to seek self-actuali...

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