Interpersonal Communication In The Movie Crash

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While watching the movie Crash, I was following a certain character and paying attention to his experiences. This character is Officer Tom Hansen who is played by Ryan Phillippe. I watched his various encounters with the other characters throughout the movie and focused on his interpersonal communication involving culture, self and identity, and perception and attribution which we learned about in Unit 1. I will be analyzing Hansen’s experiences while relating them back to these interpersonal communication topics. Tom Hansen is a younger white male cop who is seemingly new to the force. There are three scenes in particular that stand out to me. The first one takes place in his cop car, where his partner, John Ryan is driving. The dispatcher begins talking on the radio …show more content…
Culture is very important because it helps to define a group. It sets norms and boundaries for how people are supposed to act when they are with you depending on the given culture. Factors such as control, actions, time, and communication style are all very different depending on the culture. Your identity is also very important because it’s how you want to be seen by others. The way you present yourself determines how other people are going to treat you and react towards you. The information you choose to reveal about yourself can help others around you understand you and your intentions better. Your character should always be made apparent if you want others to see the real you. Lastly, perception and the way we select, organize and interpret our thoughts is important. It helps to explain why we think and act the way we do in a given situation. We do what we do based on the internal and external factors around us, especially stereotypes. Sometimes we cannot help it, but being aware that you can control your perception is

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