Behaviors in The Seven Year Itch - Pyschoanalytic Theory (Richard is…
Behaviors in The Seven Year Itch - Pyschoanalytic Theory
Richard is debating if whether or not he should invite the girl over for a drink. She is new to the apartment building and staying in the apartment above his. She's pretty, but not his wife.
He Goes through a bunch of scenarios in his head, decides to invite he over because he's just being a good neighbor.
A psychoanalytic theorist would say he is using rationalization to make himself believe it is okay to exhibit this unusual behavior.
When Richard's family leaves for Maine on the train, Helen, his wife, says her goodbyes and to remember not to smoke cigarettes or drinking. As they leave for the train, Richard saw a group of men in suits following a pretty woman. He said to himself "Some husbands think when they're wives are gone for the summer that they can go wild.
Richard's unconscious is stimulated with the factor of his superego taking over.
A psychoanalytic theorist would say his superego is taking over and he is saying no to these temptations and displaying how these men are an example of how they're ID takes over and they are following the woman walking by as they're wives leave for the summer.
Richard is embellishing himself with his self concept and flashbacks of fantasy moments. He claims that women are obsessed with him like Miss Morris, Miss Finch, Helen's best friend. Each fantasy describes how he sees himself acting with women and how they are all over him meanwhile he doesn't interact because of his wife.
In one fantasy he describes Elaine, Helen's Best friend, who wanted to go swimming in the moonlight while they were on vacation. She started trying to kiss him on the beach and he ends up running off.
He thinks he's irresistible, loyal, and animal-like. This is unrealistic and he is actually just normal and describes himself as someone who he wants to be. A humanistic theorist could say these fantasy's are Richard trying to reach his full potential and what he can be and wants to be.
When The lady comes over for a drink, after talking for a bit, He basically tries to reenact his dream/fantasy of playing the piano and the girl swooning over him because of how well he can play. Instead of playing a real song they end up playing "chopsticks" and she responds in a childish manner towards him. Nothing of what he thinks of himself is true.
a Psychoanalytic theorist would say that Richard's ID is now dominating and he is trying to reenact his dream and not acting like himself. Richard is trying to kiss the girl.
Richard ends up leaning in for a kiss and the girl backs away and is very confused because Richard is unexpectedly trying to kiss her when he is trying to reenact his dream.
After Richard tries to kiss the girl and she backs away as they end up falling off the bench, he has a realization. Richard freaks out and shames himself for trying to kiss the lady and then brings up him smoking and drinking when Helen said not to.
Richard then as he is freaking out he starts slamming things and throwing things and kicks out the lady.
A psychoanalytic theorist would say that Richard's superego is totally taking over and fighting back at his ID that wanted him to kiss the lady. He is also showing regression in this when he is throwing things because he is acting child-like which is a defense mechanism.