Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Pyschology of Mean Girls.

Mean girls. Who haven't seen that classic of a movie? It's a staple for the twenty first century, a comedy, a tragedy just like Romeo and Juliet. It's something quoted by many, some people have even used it in their senior quotes. But, while watching it, the pysch minor in me analyzed it and came up with a few analytic approaches of this iconic movie:
  • Regina George has a narcisstic personality disorder. Narcisstic personality disorder is when one has a high impression of themself, and think that everything they do is amazing. Regina is a an example of this because she has a rather high opinion of herself, thinking that she's the hottest girl around, and always saying "duh" whenever she recieves a compliment about her said abilities and good looks.
  • The entire school suffers from the fundamental attribution error because based on a person's actions and status, they tend to make a judgement about the other person. They could be a nice person for that matter. Then again, that's high school, because in high school, everyone talks. 
  • Cady's drastic change in herself to become Regina. In her unconscious mind, she secretly wants to be like her, so she starts to act like her. She's also experience cognitive dissonence because she says that she hates Regina George, but really she admires her. 
  • We also see Freud's use of defense mechanisms here. Regina is like this the most with the way she deals with her anxiouity. She takes out her innermost emotions out on others, such as her insecurities with her weight, and herself. 
  • The most important part of the movie is that we see that Regina is not totally a bad person. She's actually kind of cool. She's like us; she's insecure, and just wants to be loved. And who doesn't want to be loved?
You go glen coco!

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