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Introduction Integrally psychology is the study of the correlated effects of ideas behaviors and environments As researchers delve deeper into unexplored areas of psychology such as neuroscience Hollywood movie producers have encountered an array of unique plot opportunities Turteltaubs Phenomenon exemplifies this increasingly popular trend in todays films The psychological background of this particular film are perhaps best made clear by the physiological and humanistic approaches The humanistic and biological means toward reaching self-actualization differ mainly in the sources of creativity each holds The biological approach asserts that through genetics arousal level and emotional intelligence an individuals potential is rigidly defined On the other hand the humanistic approach states that a sense of purpose can drive an individual to overcome physical and emotional limits McCarthy 1990 With effort once the individual conquers these hurdles simple healing steps can lead to transcendence The subject of Phenomenon George Malley finds new creativity that can be described by both the physiological and humanistic perspectives Synopsis George Malley is a small town car mechanic a likeable man who is struggling to learn Spanish whilst trying to work up the courage to ask Lace a reclusive single mother out on a date But his sedate life changes dramatically when on the evening of his thirty seventh birthday he sees lights in the sky and blacks out From then on he finds it almost impossible to sleep and his friends start to notice differences in him His intelligence is amazing enough but when he shows talents in less conventional areas such as telekenisis many of the towns folks become nervous and even afraid Despite the fact that he is doing nothing but good they begin to draw away from him All that is except Nate his best friend the town doctor and Lace The three of them manage to see the beauty within the man They remember that constant part of him that has not changed and is even more remarkable
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