Self-Actualization: To Kill a Mockingbird
DIRECTOR: ROBERT MULLIGAN
1962 | 130 min
Maslow constructed the top tier of his hierarchy after studying happy people in order to determine what it was that made them happy, or, ‘self-actualized’. According to his theory, self-actualized people perceive reality accurately and have a sense of awe, wonder, and gratitude about life. They focus on opportunities to improve, are independent thinkers, and not easily influenced by popular opinion. Moreover, they have a heartfelt sense of kinship with the human race. In other words, individuals who have fulfilled this need have accomplished everything they can to become the most that they can be. To Kill A Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch, a scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer, is the perfect example of someone who has achieved self-actualization as he puts his career, as well as his family’s reputation on the line when he agrees to represent a black man accused of rape in a predominantly white town in Alabama in the 1930s.
To Kill a Mockingbird is part of Mana Film Series.
Part One of the series presents five films, each corresponding with one of the needs as established by psychologist Abraham Maslow.