Ordinary People - Analysis of Conrad's Self Image

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In the beginning of the film, I would think Conrad’s self-concept consists of him thinking that he is alone in the sense that no one can help him cope with what he is going through and what he has already gone through. He is a depressed, sleep-deprived, and once suicidal person who thinks he is responsible for his brother’s death and, as a result, I believe he thinks of himself as having a low-self concept because what he is experiencing or had experienced is because he cannot find, or resort to, any means of “controlling” his issues. Three examples of how Conrad perceives himself in this way are (1) the fact that Conrad goes to see Dr. Berger to gain control of his problems, (2) he rarely interacts with others because he often has…show more content…
With this new way of communicating his thoughts and feelings, Conrad becomes noticeably more outgoing in what he says and does in his social life, which is where the problem comes into play. He goes around with these new feelings and thoughts saying and doing what he is thinking and he sometimes says or does things that hurt, surprised, and confused some people. An example of this would be when Conrad, his mother, and his father have their argument by the Christmas tree. So, in a way, Conrad’s self-concept was both helped and hindered at the same
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