Love Story Reaction Paper

Br. Israel G. De Ocampo, fic     September 19, 2015
Psychology 286 Life Span, Growth and Development     Mr. Elmer C. del Rosario

“Love Story”

The continuity of human development from one stage to another implies changes: physically, socially and cognitively. As a person develops and accomplishes the developmental tasks in one stage, he/she carries them and serves as building blocks in facing the next stage. Oftentimes, transitions are characterized by challenges necessary to form or construct as such, the idea of self or identity. Evidently, this description happens in early adulthood as integral part in the stages of human development. And it is shown in the film “Love Story” particularly in the characters of Oliver and Jenny who mature throughout the years by engaging seriously in human intimate relationship. The table below presents how the developmental stage of young adulthood can explain the psychology of Oliver and Jenny in the movie:

Age Period | Physically | Socially | Cognitively |
Young Adulthood(23-45 y.o.) | S. FreudGenital Stage | E. EricksonIntimacy vs. Isolation | J. PiagetFormal Thought |
|       From puberty onwards, the genital stage is a time that the source of sexual pleasure now becomes outside of the family. When one resolved conflicts with parents during adolescence, the individual is capable of developing a mature love relationship and functioning independently as an adult. |       At this time, individual faces the developmental task of forming intimate relationship with others. Intimacy means finding oneself yet losing in another. If the young adult forms healthy friendships and an intimate close relationship with another individual, intimacy will be achieved; if not, isolation will result. |       Though appears at the age 11-15, individual in this stage move beyond the world of actual, concrete experiences and think in abstract and more logical terms. Individual may think for example about what an ideal parent is...