INNER ACTORS PART III: …MOVIES AND CHARACTERS

INNER ACTORS PART III: …MOVIES AND CHARACTERS

Films provide an excellent opportunity for us to understand more about our INNER ACTORS, by becoming more aware of the INNER ACTORS of characters in the movies we watch.  Psychologists believe that we form a number of INNER ACTORS over time and that each of us has several personality parts.  These parts are created unconsciously in the BACK STAGE of our I-THEATER, and are formed in childhood as a RE-ACTIVE response to the conflicts and challenges we faced in the earlier stages of our development. 

 

Sometimes a film offers flashbacks, that point to specific life events in the film character’s BACK STAGE, that give us better insights into how the INNER ACTOR of the film character was originally  formed.  

 

There are a multitude of INNER ACTOR types, both positive and negative that are depicted by the characters in the movies that we enjoy.   For example, The Boss, The Caregiver, The Policeman, The Maverick, The Perfectionist, The Addict, The Hacker, The Martyr, and many more.  These movie personality parts offer both a fun and illuminating way to understand both our learned limitations and self development potential. 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Several things need to be emphasized when we try to become more aware of the role that our INNER ACTORS play in our lives. 

 

FIRST… they are only a PART of our personality. 

 

SECOND… they are developed as a response to events that occurred in our surrounding Circles of Influence at an early stage in our development. 

 

THIRD… when we dislike or judge our INNER ACTORS, we often forget to understand the “original” purpose the INNER ACTOR served when it was created, and that the limitations of our developmental stage at the time, was the foundation for how we were able to seek POWER and control at the time, through the strategies that the INNER ACTOR employed. 

 

FOURTH… the INNER ACTORS remain relatively unconscious and automatic personality parts, until we begin to become more aware of their patterns and tradeoffs, and the role they played in our life when they were created as well as their role today.

 

FIFTH… there are tools and techniques that we can use to transform our INNER ACTORS, when we become more aware of them, and understand their purpose.  As we mature developmentally, we often “outgrow” certain INNER ACTOR behavior patterns that no longer serve us well or transform the INNER ACTOR into a different type.

 

ELEVATION

CHOOSE JUST ONE OF YOUR INNER ACTORS AND SEE IF YOU CAN GAIN ANY INSIGHTS INTO WHY THIS PART OF YOUR PERSONALITY NEEDED TO PLAY AN EARLY ROLE IN HELPING YOU TO CONTROL THE WORLD AROUND YOU. 

 

THE NEXT TIME YOU WATCH A MOVIE, FOCUS ON THE THE LEAD CHARACTER AND BECOME AWARE OF THE PRIMARY INNER ACTOR THAT WAS DOMINANT.  WHAT PURPOSE DOES IT SERVE FOR THE CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE?