Will has attachment issues and does not believe that anything will become of their relationship.
Will has a preconceived notion that their relationship will fail because he has been abandoned all his life.
For example, Will was beatenup in kindergarten by a bully, later on in his life he sees the bully and starts a fight with him.
Hisdecision to fight was made subconsciously from an impulse from a childhood experience.
Upon being found as the secret sleuth to a graduate level mathematics problem, MIT professor Gerald Lambeau seeks out the janitor, Hunting, in efforts to engage his mind and make him an apprentice.
As the plot twists, an earlier issue By discussing a painting in Maguire’s office that holds emotional value, Hunting is able to prod the weak areas of Maguire’s past and after he could no longer take it, he became irate and physically restrained Hunting by the throat.
He is violent because he was probably beaten as a child and as hegrew up he learned to handle his problems through violence.
He kept up this behavior because hewas never punished severely enough to get him to stop.
To quickly go over this and how it relates to the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, this seemingly obvious violation is of course beyond all measures of intentions of helping but is also cited in Standard 3: Human Relations (APA Code of Ethics, 2014) in 3.04 Avoiding Harm: “Psychologists take reasonable steps to avoid harming their clients/patients, students, supervisees, research participants, organizational clients and other with whom they work, and minimize harm where it is foreseeable and unavoidable.” In order to avoid such a situation, beyond the realm of Hollywood dramatization, a simple separation of the two people (professional and patient/client) to collect thoughts, breathe and reevaluate the circumstances would have been an appropriate alternative to physical contact.
A separate yet major occurrence of ethical standards in the film involves the follow through of professional service to Hunting by Maguire as he deemed necessary when the role of Prof.