The Psychology of Fight Club
The movie Fight Club features a story that, on the surface, appears to be about an underground boxing club, but goes much deeper. It focuses around one man, the Narrator, whose name is never revealed. The Narrator, like everyone else in the world, is looking for fulfillment in life, but tries to obtain it by odd means. His first obsession that we notice seems ordinary and quite common: his IKEA furniture collections. It then starts to get a little bit more unusual when he begins attending therapy sessions concerning serious medical problems in which he does not have such as various forms of cancer. Since he is still unfulfilled, he then moves on to creating an underground "Fight Club" with his recent acquaintance, Tyler Durden. This is where his obsessions become extremely unhealthy and abnormalities occur. The Narrator, throughout the movie, is seen to have many psychological issues that lay a path to is inevitable mental breakdown. Although there are many problems that the Narrator faces, the main issues are that of his masculinity, breaking away from conformity, and the slow uncovering of his severe Dissociative Identity Disorder which goes unnoticed until the final moments of this twist filled movie. Fight Club presents the argument that men in today's society have been reduced to a generation of men that do nothing themselves, but have become “dumbed down” with watching others do things instead. Masculinity becomes a brand, a means to sell products to men. "Being a man" has now become owning the correct watch or car instead of knowing who you are and what your values really are. As a result the Narrator, Tyler, and the other members of Fight Club reject this spoon-fed approach to living and try to find themselves. By putting themselves through the experience of fighting and facing fear and pain, they hope to strip away the unnecessary parts of their lives and discover their true selves. The Narrator also experiences...
Cited: Fight Club. Dir. David Fincher. Prod. Art Linson. Perf. Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena
Bonham Carter. 20th Century Fox, 1999. DVD.
Kalat, James W. Introduction to Psychology. Belmont: Thomson-Wadsworth, 2008. Print.
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