Psychology Analysis of the Film: Fight Club

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The unnamed narrator has not slept in six months. As a travelling employee, he experiences sessions of jet lag. He’s a self-proclaimed slave of consumerism, purchasing decor for his apartment every chance he had. Suggested by his doctor to visit a support group for testicular cancer, the narrator meets Robert ‘Bob’Paulson. The narrator bursts into tears when he is embraced by Bob. He becomes addicted to attending support groups, as the emotional release he gets allows him to sleep. The conflict arises when a woman named Marla Singer appears. Having seen her at multiple support groups, he labels her as a ‘tourist’. He was now back to square one - the narrator, once again, cannot sleep. He confronts her, where they agree to split up their scheduled support group meetings. However, he continued suffering from insomnia.
On a flight back, the narrator meets soap salesman Tyler Durden. On his way home, he discovers his condominium has been blasted into the night. Having no place to stay, the narrator calls Tyler. Tyler invites the narrator to live with him, on one condition: that the narrator hit Tyler. They engage in a fist fight. They attract the attention of other guys, finding and establishing themselves a ‘fight club’. The two founders create a series of rules, the first two being ‘you do not talk about fight club.’
It is clear that the narrator considered Marla with interest. However, the narrator finds out that Tyler and Marla are engaging in vigorous sex. Tyler makes him promise that he will never mention Tyler to Marla.
Tyler’s philosophy about the detriments of consumerism and relying on society and authority figures evolves into ‘Project Mayhem’. The house where Tyler and the narrator live turns into Mayhem central. Bob, n...

... middle of paper ... allowing ourselves to live either a controlled, subservient, and conformist life or a life full of getting what we want when we want it.
With a proper balance, we get to experience the best in both possibilities. We get what we want and we still do not violate the rights of others.
Personality Psychology gives us avenues to understand the different personalities of people according to different perspectives and theories of past personality theorists. Each theory prioritizes different factors seeing that personality one individual is difficult to explain using one collective theory, let alone a population composed of different personalities. It allows us to understand our own personality: why am i like this; why do I like this and hate the rest? Our own personality is already so complicated, and through this subject, we become more aware of our complete selves.
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