1. Interpersonal Conflict
Revolutionary Road & The Breakfast Club
2. Revolutionary Road
Frank and April just finished entertaining guests for dinner. Guests who are
very nosy and who did nothing but pry into their personal lives all
throughout dinner. The families son John, who is mentally ill proceeds to
bluntly judge Frank and April’s marriage and lifestyle. In this scene Frank
loses his patience at the dinner table and openly criticizes the family for
prying into their personal life. An argument arises and thereafter the family
quickly excuses themselves from their home.
What ensues after the family leaves, is what is depicted in this video clip.
4. Revolutionary Road
In the following scene Frank and April continue to engage in disagreements
following a dinner play that they attend. April expresses disgust that the play
was boring. Frank felt offended at this as he had put allot of thought and
effort into the idea of taking her to try to mend their troubled relationship.
What follows is an argument triggered by April’s disappointment with the
5. Face Attacking
Foul Language -Disrespect
Disconfirmation Avoids Responding
Primary Emotions –
Blended Emotions – Rage
6. The Breakfast Club
In the following scene Andrew, Brian, Claire, Ally and John are all students who
just arrived to the library in their high school to report for weekend detention.
Although they all go to the same school, this is their first encounter interacting
with each other. They are all separated socially in school and therefore never
interact. They have little regard for each other at this point, but slowly they
begin to get to know each other.
Claire – Is a popular “prep” rich girl.
Andrew – Is they typical “jock” – wrestling – sports star.
Brian – Is a “nerd” – typical book smart, academic club student.
Ally – is a “reject” – antisocial with any groups or clubs in school.
John – is your typical “trouble maker” ditches class, causes disturbance etc..
7. Interdependent Individuals
What one person says or
does can impact other
people - interdependence
Face to Face Communication
Gestures – again
Spatial Relationship –
8. The Breakfast Club
In the following scene the students continue getting to know each other
while serving their time in detention. John Bender, the student who is blunt
and disruptive proceeds to try to get a rise out of everyone by attempting to
This scene shows the significant differences that certain social groups have
in a school setting. It depicts how these social groups are perceived to be
unable to blend or interact with one another.
9. Negative Facial Expressions
Gossiping - making others the butt of jokes
Treating others as inferior
Verbal Insults Name Calling
Excluding members from social functions
Being unnecessarily criticized