NTU B00610017 Joanne Lin-Jung Chiu
Family Psychology Film Assignment
“Yi Yi, A One and A Two” is a ﬁlm that has been talking about three families and their family members’ lives. Interestingly enough, it seems like that family members have been focusing on their own life most of the time through out the movie. Instead of showing closely connected families, the characters in the movie are living their own lives while living under the same roof. One of the examples is that when Min Min decided to move out, she didn’t even talk to NJ about this, and when NJ saw her getting on the bus to the mountains, he didn’t have the attempt to stop her or ask her why. Which is quite unusual to closely connected families. Below are the characters' relationship ﬁgure and theories applied to explain the events and the relationships I observed in the movie.
1. Bowen’s Family Systems a. Marital Conﬂict Xiao-Yian and Adi’s marital conﬂict was caused by the presence of Yun-Yun at Xiao-Yian’s party. Yun-Yun’s Adi’s ex-girlfriend. But it seemed like Xiao-Yian was not playing fair when the three of them were in a love triangle relationship, which worsened the relationship between the girls. Xiao-Yian got pregnant ﬁrst and kicked Yun-Yun out of the relationship. Since then, both of them had been hostile towards each other. Thus, Yun-Yun’s presence at XiaoYian’s party was deﬁnitely not something Xiao-Yian would want to see. Which caused Xiao-Yian and Adi’s marital conﬂict. Min Min and NJ’s marital conﬂict, on the other hand, was caused by grandma’s sudden illness. Min Min felt that all the burdens were on her, and she could not ﬁnd a way out of the routine work, which made her felt lost and hopeless in her life, eventually she could not take it anymore. But NJ was not doing anything before Min Min shouted all these out. However, it was all too late, Min Min decided to leave instead of staying and face all the complicated troubles.
NTU B00610017 Joanne Lin-Jung Chiu
b. Triangles /Emotional Distance / Emotional Cutoff There exists an emotional distance between Lily and her mother. Lily’s mother had been busy doing her job and spending lots and lots of time with her new boyfriend. And apparently, Lily’s not happy with her mother’s new boyfriend. Upon feeling neglected and feeling like an outsider, Lily acted like an outsider. Thus caused an emotional distance between Lily and her mother. As the distance kept growing and growing, Lily started to form an emotional cutoff between she and her mother. Instead of repairing the relationship with her mother, she started to rely on her new-formed relationships with Fatty and the other new boyfriend. 2. Brofenbrenner’s Family in Human Development a. Mesosystem Models To both Yang Yang and Ting Ting, they have their school and peer groups as the mesosystems. Take Yang Yang for example, his experience at school (bullied by the girls and humiliated by the teacher) did actually affect his behavior at home (i.e. sad expression). However, Ting Ting’s mesosystem didn’t seem as much affecting to her life and behavior as Yang Yang’s in the movie. b. Exosystem Models Min Min and NJ both have their world of work and the neighbors as their exosystems. Min Min’s colleagues told her to go to the mountains so that she can escape from the dull life she had. Her colleagues was some sort of emotional support at the time. Also, the neighbors discussed with Min Min about the new neighbor’s private life. The neighbors were another emotional support and practical support when grandma fell ill. NJ met Ota at work, who led him to think deeply into life and human’s fear. This also gave him some support when NJ was facing his ex-lover and his current family. c. Chronosystem Models There are several transitions that can be found in the ﬁlm: Normative: Xiao-Yian and Adi’s marriage was obviously a normative transition. They got married, shared their lives together. Ting Ting’s got a new boyfriend (though it only last for a very...
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