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Psyche and The Truman Show

Truman Burbank, played by nineties’ film darling Jim Carrey, was the first-ever child “legally adopted by a corporation.” His birth, his first words, his first steps, the time he lost his first tooth, all happened in front of a viewing audience of millions. His life has been captured by thousands of hidden cameras, distributed throughout the town of Seahaven, where Truman grew up.

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The Longing for Wholeness

Regularity and security are the hallmarks of Truman’s life. White picket fence, routine run-ins with neighbors and co-workers, a nine-to-five selling life insurance. Truman makes a career out of feeding people’s anxieties over the unexpected, and his life has absolutely none of it.

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Obstacles and the Call

Traffic jams, roadblocks, fake forest fires, and feigned nuclear meltdowns all block Truman’s way out of town. The most effective deterrent, however, is Truman’s own trauma. Suspecting Truman will be bit by the travel-bug once he grows up, the producers of the show orchestrate some childhood trauma to keep him firmly in place. On a rough day out at sea with his father — or, more precisely, with the actor playing his father — a storm overtakes their small boat, and Truman’s father falls overboard and drowns. Thereafter, Truman suffers from a debilitating fear of the waters surrounding Seahaven.

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