Character Analysis Of The Princess In The Breakfast Club

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Claire Standish was known as “The Princess” in the movie, The Breakfast Club. Through the way she portrays herself throughout the movie compared to the other characters, she seems to think she is better than everyone else, making her seem as if she has a narcissistic personality. Abraham Maslow’s theory states that he wanted to understand what motivates people and believed that people have a set of motivation systems unrelated to rewards or unconscious desires. Additionally he believed that people are motivated to achieve certain needs and when one need is fulfilled, a person seeks to fulfill the next one, and so on which is known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The lowest level, physiological needs, strives for survival and to stay alive …show more content…
Claire’s love/belongingness needs are met by trying to have friends with high social standings, a poor relationship with her parents, and having sexual intimacy with boys in her social group. Claire told Brian that on Monday when they go to school, they would no longer be friends because she was popular and he was a nerd being that she was only friends with other popular people. Claire’s parents not really show love towards her as she shows when she says that her parents don’t care about her and thinks they use her to get back at one another. She does not feel like her parents love or appreciate her enough and this is a plausible reason for her dependence on her peers’ acceptance and approval, which, in turn, is the likely the reason she feels the need to belong in the popular group. The fourth level of the pyramid is esteem needs. Once individuals have satisfactorily met their need for love and belonging, they can begin to develop positive feelings of self-worth and self-esteem, and have pride in their work and in themselves as people. Even though Claire is very popular, she has difficulty with her self-esteem and developing an …show more content…
If we see that other people get desirable outcomes by behaving in a certain manner, then we are more likely to behave in a similar way. Observational Learning is a change in behavior due to experience of observing a model. When Andrew asked the group if they were going to be like their parents, Claire immediately said "not me", showing that she doesn 't wish to follow in her parents ' footsteps. She has observed the horrible effects her parents have had on her and doesn’t wish to be like them in the future. Self Reinforcement is when individuals reward themselves for appropriate behavior or attaining a goal. Claire reinforces herself by going shopping and buying lavish items such as the earrings she wears. She wants to feel good about herself for getting through another day at school so wishes to pamper herself and buy herself something nice. Self-Management is about how we control our own behavior. Clair doesn’t effectively control her own behavior when John yells that Claire doesn 't know any of his friends and that she should stick to the things she knows like shopping, nail polish, her father 's BMW and her poor-rich-drunk mother in the Caribbean. He also says that she should bury her head in the sand and wait for her prom. Claire then says that she hates him and begins to cry showing that she couldn’t control her

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