Social Psychology in "High Fidelity" Film Review by Nicky

Social Psychology in "High Fidelity"
A social psychological analysis of the film "High Fidelity", directed by Stephen Frears.
# 148948 | 2,811 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 15, 2011 in Psychology (Social) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper discusses the interpersonal attraction between Rob and Laura in the film "High Fidelity" in accordance with social exchange theory and analyzes an incidence of aggression between Rob and Ian as an example of the frustration aggression theory. The paper also looks at three examples of pro-social behavior and describes how they are examples of pro-social behavior of the negative-state relief model.

Interpersonal Attraction
Pro-Social Behavior

From the Paper:

"The interpersonal attraction between Rob and Laura is displayed in the film in accordance with social exchange theory. Social exchange theory is the theory that all interpersonal relationships are conducted on an exchange basis where exchanges are made between partners, valued by the other and then returned. Most importantly the theory states that we as individual maintain relationships where the rewards exceed the expenditures and therefore leave those relationships where the expenditures or costs exceed the rewards. (Heath, and Bryant 229)
"The interpersonal relationship between Rob and Laura has come to a stage where Laura feels as if the costs outweigh the rewards of the relationship, while she is progressing Rob is stagnating or reverting and therefore she feels as if the exchange is unbalanced. Rob asks Laura what he can do to make her happy and she says, "Nothing, make yourself happy." "You're the same person you used to be and I'm not and all I did is change jobs." "You have to allow things to happen to people, most of all yourself, and you don't!" Where Laura is working toward the future in her personal development Rob doesn't even talk about the future anymore, according to Laura. While Rob on the other hand feels that the reward of being with Laura was the many things they had in common, i.e. an overall rejection of authority, music, and lifestyle including but not limited to the fact that she and he were both poor by choice when they met."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berkowitz, Leonard. Causes and Consequences of Feelings. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Geen, Russell G. Human Aggression. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Open University Press, 2001.
  • Heath, Robert L., and Jennings Bryant. Human Communication Theory and Research: Concepts, Contexts, and Challenges. 2nd ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000.

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