Application Paper.docx - Daniel Washington PSYC 3110 Spring 2015 Application paper April 8 2015 Tyler Perry’s Temptation Confessions of a Marriage

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Daniel Washington PSYC 3110, Spring 2015 Application paper April 8, 2015 Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Movie Analysis Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor is a romance drama film that focuses on providing a narrative on a marriage counselor’s experiences with intrapersonal challenges, marriage uncertainty, and changing perspectives on relationship satisfaction and fulfilment. Judith, the protagonist in the film, acts as the narrator to her own life story in which she provides an allusive perspective on how intrapersonal changes affected her interpersonal relationship with her former husband and her outlook on relationship commitment. In the beginning of the movie, Judith is presented as a marriage counselor who is speaking to a client who feels ambivalent over the state of her relationship with her husband. The client felt ambivalent in the sense that her diminished emotional connection to her husband may have caused her to feel distressed, but she still pondered on having an extramarital affair with another man. As she continued to express her concerns to Judith, Judith was able to validate and acknowledge the legitimacy of her feelings by suggesting that her newfound interest in another man stems from the fact that he gives her the emotional connection that her husband no longer gives her. For instance, Judith insinuated to her client that the other man is presenting himself as an attractive alternative because he is exposing her to excitement, buying her flowers, and telling her that she is beautiful, which are all forms of interpersonal connections that the client yearns for. In addition, the same intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict that the client is experiencing
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was evident in Judith’s personal story on infidelity and marital discontentment. She presented her story to her client in an allusive way, meaning that she did not explicitly reference herself, rather she told her client that she was going to tell her a story on how her sister experienced the same interpersonal dilemma in her marriage. By providing a narrative on her story, Judith was able to use her story as an example of how exposure to relationship alternatives, changes in relationship expectations, and new desires can change one’s outlook on relationship fulfillment. Her story on marital dissatisfaction and infidelity exemplify two phenomena known as the social exchange/interdependence theory and the triangular theory of love. From a social exchange/interdependence viewpoint, people stay in relationships if the rewards exceed the costs. In Judith’s case, her relationship with her husband, Brice, initially represented a relationship that was secure and rewarding; Judith was content in her marriage, but as she became an intern for a millionaire match making firm in Washington D.C., her perception
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