Interpersonal Conflict In Mean Girls

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There were a number of assumptions and trigger events that permitted conflict to escalate thought the movie. First of all, everyone in the movie is taking part in destructive conflict because no positive outcomes come about. These conflicts are destructive because everyone feels terrible when the Plastics insult them, Regina becomes more popular when Cady, Janis, and Damian first try to bring her down, and nothing moral will happen from Coach Carr sleeping with his students. Moreover, the conflicts taking place throughout the film are intrapersonal, as well as, interpersonal. “Intrapersonal perceptions are the bedrock upon which conflicts are built” and when they are communicated an interpersonal conflict emerges (Hocker & Wilmot, 2014, p. …show more content…
In Mean Girls the trigger event that made Janis furious with Regina was when Regina called her a lesbian, they were best friends and this terminated their friendship. Janis also had a trigger event towards Cady when she realized that Cady turned herself into a Plastic, this is the ultimate betrayal. Cady’s trigger event with Regina was when Regina kissed Aaron. Regina knew that Cady has a crush on Aaron, but Regina has to prove her power whenever possible. Gretchen’s trigger event was when Regina became hostile towards Gretchen and favored other people. Gretchen wanted Regina’s approval and eventually, she could not stand Regina anymore. These specific instances are what caused Janis, Cady, and Gretchen to have a conflict with Regina. These trigger events instigated an escalatory spiral between them, which led to the destruction of their friendships. Everyone’s destructive responses towards each other are what caused conflict to take place this is why it is true that “if people are to survive and thrive, working together is not an option but a necessity” (Hocker & Wilmot, 2014, p. …show more content…
Essentially, a third party is what caused their conflict to rupture, but also allowed it to be terminated. When Regina released the burn book to the school this is when the conflict peaked. No one knew who actually made it, but everyone had their assumptions. Sadly, the only ones who knew that it was Regina’s book were the ones who were a part of it and they did not want to risk them getting in trouble, while Regina got away free. The third Party consisting of Principal Duval and Ms. Norbury, forced all of the females to come together in the gymnasium until the creator of the burn book spoke up, but of course, no one spoke up. Nonetheless, after some agonizing time, Cady took the blame for the burn book. She did not want to take the full responsibility but she also did not want Ms. Norbury to go to jail because of the one lie that she put in the burn book. After this, everyone proceeded to hate Cady, but after her heartfelt speech at their school dance, forgiveness was

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