Film reflection worksheet “The Break Up”

  1. What two theories directly relate to the characters in this film? How were they illustrated in the film?


  1. Identify one example of each of the three types of conflict (pseudo, ego, simple). For each example, discuss whether the conflict was constructive or destructive. Provide specific scenes/characters where you saw it illustrated.


.3. Identify and provide examples of ten scenes which depict each of the stages in relational escalation and de-escalation in the film (remember to identify the correct stages from the book).


  1. Pre-interaction awareness
  2. Acquaintance
  3. Exploration
  4. Intensification
  5. Intimacy
  6. Turmoil or stagnation
  7. De-intensification
  8. Individualization
  9. Separation
  10. Post-interaction effects



  1. Provide an example of each type of turning point shown in the film (reflective and causal).


  1. How does the dark side of communication get played out in the film? Identify two scenes that illustrated concepts from the dark side of communication and explain why those scenes are such.


  1. There are numerous places in the film where communication advice is explicitly given (how to communicate). Can you identify two?




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