The Breakfast Club - The Criminal John Bender

The Breakfast Club -The Criminal John Bender
Catharsis
throughout the duration of the movie John Bender Releases his
anger in random outburst. This shows that he should use
catharsis because he is letting out repressed feelings at random
times. Catharsis would allow him to avoid this behavior
Addiction
John Bender shows his addiction to Marijuana
when he gets it from his locker. He is okay with
smoking at school which further shows his
addiction
Parenting Style
Neglectful
While in the library with the other students John Bender does a
imitation of what life is like at his home. If he was being truthful it
demonstrates a neglectful parenting style. Based on his
interpretation his parents offer no support on only scold him.
Social-Cognitive Perspective
Reciprocal determinism
Bender is spiralling towards a big fall. Being raised in a home such as he was,
Bender probably had to do things things most other people did not and began to think
of those things as acceptable. Now, he does those things out of habit which puts him
in situations that make him angry and he does more bad things. This endless,
destructive circle of reciprocal determinism makes it very hard for Bender to change
his ways.
Diffusion of Responsibility
This one applies to all the members of the Breakfast Club. In the
detention group, all of them feel safer doing things they would not
normally do because they feel as though their actions are not so
much their own as they are the actions of the group.
Personal Control
Learned Helplessness
Throughout the movie, Bender seems resigned to his fate of being
a bum. Saying that there is nothing he can do about it. This is a
classic case of learned helplessness probably due to his parents
constantly putting him down no matter what he does.
Defense Mechanisms
Displacement
In the movie it is clear Bender hates his parent
and would hurt them if he could. Alas, he cannot;
so he lets out his anger on his peers and
teachers.
Adolescent Egocentrism
Invincibility Fable
Bender displays the invincibility fable when he climbs in the roof to get from the
closet back to the library where the other students are. He doesn't recognize the
danger because he believes nothing could happen to him. When he falls through
the rafters that does not prevent him form climbing through them again to get
back
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