Topics: Emotion, Psychology, Interpersonal communication Pages: 4 (1459 words) Published: December 13, 2012
Felicia Sesma
Communications 120
Professor O’Donnell

Movie Critique: “Don’t Bother to Knock”
I. Introduction
In the film, “Don’t Bother to Knock”, the movie tells the story of a young woman named Nell, who deals with emotional trauma, after losing her fiance in a plane accident. The plot claims that Nell was an unstable person who had mental issues, anger management (Part 2: Chapter 7: Emotional Messages), and hallucinations.

After viewing this film, self-concept, perception and emotional expression of Nell and how she deals with her situations in this film explains how Nell went through an experience that disrupted her life and caused her to deal with serious mental and health issues, causing her to become unstable.

“Nell, try to remember what did your fiance look like?”, asked Jed when he was trying to help her realize that he was a different person. After Nell stated the vision she had of her fiance, he stated that he had different color eyes, hair and skin color. Then she had realized that Jed was a complete stranger. Jed uses active listening (Chapter 4: Listening in interpersonal Communications, Part 1 page 96), which is a process of sending back to the speaker what you as a listener think the speaker meant.

The commotion starts when Nell’s uncle, Eddie, who works at a Hotel in New York, helps her get a job looking after a little girl named Bunny. Little did her uncle know, that three years after Nell was placed in a mental hospital shortly after her fiance was killed, that she hadn’t fully recovered from her mental instability, she had only been released for as little as a month.

It seems that Nell had dealt with emotional trauma, when she was trying on Bunnys mother’s belongings, the scene zooms into a clear view of Nell’s wrists with scars. Nell’s self-concept (Chapter 3: Perception and the Self in Interpersonal Communication) was shaped by mental and physical abuse from her parents when she was young, (Chapter...
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