My Best Friend's Wedding Pyschological Analysis

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A Social- Pyschological Review of “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”
The film I chose to watch was “My Best Friend’s Wedding” directed by P.J Hogan in 1997. This movie was based on childhood friends Juls and Michael who made a promise to each other when they were younger, that they would marry each other if they were both 28 years of age and still single. Michael announces that he is marrying a 20-year-old named Kimmy, four days before Juls’ 28th Birthday. Juls, who is still single, suddenly realises that she is in love with Michael and vows to stop the wedding. Things become more complicated when Kimmy assigns Juls to be her maid of honour and Juls realises that Kimmy is competition as she seems to be “the perfect woman” for Michael. I watched this film from a sociological perspective and analysed how human social behaviour was portrayed. From my knowledge of human social behaviour I have identified and investigated three social principles that appeared to be a reoccurring theme in the film; Cognitive Dissonance, Aggression and Persuasion. Once I identified my social principles I sought out relevant empirical evidence to explain what drove these behaviours.
The first social principle I identified was Cognitive Dissonance which can be defined as “Holding two conflicting ideas at once” (Kristal, Kristal, L., & Argyle, 1981). Festinger (1957) put forward cognitive dissonance theory which states that a “powerful motive to maintain cognitive consistency can rise to irrational and

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