Self-Regulation on the Silver Screen
In our review of the widely popular film Twilight, Jeremy Clyman and I take a closer look at the character strength of self-regulation, one of the least endorsed strengths across the world and one of the least portrayed in film. One of the film's protagonists, Edward Cullen, is a paragon for self-regulation in the way in which he maintains exquisite, healthy control of his emotions, impulses, and instincts. We note:
Edward tries hard to display self-control as he faces a crescendo of challenges in which he must continue to develop his "muscle" of self-control. Numerous scenes show him resisting. Although he struggles honestly, exclaiming, "I still don't know if I can control myself," he is successful in his efforts.Is self-control a strength that can easily be built up? What are the best ways for a therapist to help a client enhance their self-control/self-regulation?
What makes this such a popular film?
The second film in this series, New Moon, just arrived in various cities around the world. Does Edward's character strength of self-regulation/self-control continue as strongly through this film as well? What evidence do you see to support your view?
By Ryan M. Niemiec [and] Jeremy Clyman
PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(46)