WILL HUNTING, GOOD
Some ten or fifteen years ago I saw this movie about a twenty year old kid who was a mathematical genius. Heck, he was a genius in just about everything--with photographic memory or sorts. He defined his abilities it like Beethovan, who looking at a piano just knew what to do with it. Well, Will Hunting had the mental skills not found in most--hardly anyone; and they came very easily. But, he was a wounded and scarred young man.
Childhood abuse from a violent father: cigarette burns, bruises from beatings, scars from knives, had inflicted Will in such a way that the possibility of intimacy and honesty were blanketed by defense mechanisms which protected him from further hurt. And, concurrently, caused him to flee to the safety of isolation where he would implement the shield of analyzing others from within his thich, turtle-like shell.
Anyone who has ever spent time in a therapist's office understands Will. Their abuse may have been milder or sharper. The pain may have been psychological or physical. The social loneliness may have been more or less pervasive. But the push into an office where healing might work is rooted into some past abuse or some physical disability beyond the control of the sufferer.
That is the story of Will Hunting. And that is one reason I got out of bed, at 2:00 a.m., a bed which would not yield sleep, and quietly set up a Netflix
"Instant Video" showing of Good Will Hunting. A second reason was that I saw the movie "ARGO" a few weeks ago and was very highly impressed with the work of Ben Affleck. And that view linked me back to Good Will.
I didn't know that Affleck and Matt Damon wrote Good Will and starred in it some fifteen years ago. [Affleck produced, directed and starred in Argo.]
A central character in the Good Will film was Robin Williams who played a psychologist who was able to touch the young Will and bring him out of his shell. Williams' styled the therapist in a passively active manner which gave Will the space needed to venture forth.
All of us who have travelled the pathway from shame and pain to a measure of healthiness owe that transformation to a counselor (or a group process) who spent many hours defusing hurts. They put us on the road with good Will t0 "California" in search of the person who truly loves us.
Will Hunting was in a really "bad" way as the story began, but at the story's end Good Will Hunting made some excellent choices for his life.