Interpersonal Conflict in Film

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There are times when the interpersonal relationships we share with our loved ones, friends, and family do not always meet eye-to-eye. Many times we find ourselves disagreeing with what the other person said. When this happens, it is crucial to pay attention to the way we react and communicate our thoughts without stirring up more conflict. The example presented in this essay is from a 2005 film, Hitch; a scene is shown of the main couple having an argument over one making assumptions and jumping to conclusions. The conflict was not handled effectively because assumptions were made, the character jumped to conclusion, and because the issue became worse then it should have been.

In the film Hitch, the characters, Hitch and Sarah, start arguing because she finds out that he is the “Date Doctor” from someone that was not a reliable source. She then goes over to his place, because they had plans for dinner, and she starts latching out at him because she is upset and feels he played her. He did not know why she was acting so strange but still tried to continue on with the evening he had planned for the both of them. She finally asks him about what he does, but he does not give her any information since he is already annoyed at the fact that she was acting childish. This made her more upset and she started throwing food at him which then made him throw food at her and she just stormed out of there and went home. She completely assumed he was the one that gave men ways to go around and play with girls. This was not true and had she confronted him using basic assertion, which is the lowest level of assertion to resolve conflict (Sole, 2011), and would have asked him if what the other man had said was true, the night would have probably ended in better terms.

After she assumed Hitch was the “Date Doctor,” she went ahead and jumped to conclusions about him and wrote a negative article saying he was a manipulator and could get any man in bed with any women. Instead of...
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