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Watching The Film "Teleset" Together With A Psychologist - Reviews, Society
Watching The Film "Teleset" Together With A Psychologist - Reviews, Society
  • Film "TV Network". USA, 1976
  • Director: Sidney Lumet
  • Starring: Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway

The main character of the film, Howard Bealey, is a once popular TV presenter of a news program, but now his ratings are falling and his bosses are about to send him into retirement. Out of desperation, Howard promises to commit suicide on the air. And then … TV viewers, thirsty for "bread and circuses", stick to TV screens in anticipation of an interesting "spectacle". The show's rating is going up again, but at what cost

From evening to evening, the hero freaks out right in front of a multimillion-dollar audience. The secret of his shocking behavior is simple and sad. He goes crazy literally, not figuratively. He develops a mental illness. Howard needs medical attention. But if his condition returns to normal, he will become a completely ordinary TV presenter, of little interest to viewers, and the ratings will collapse again.

His colleagues have a choice: to provide the presenter with psychiatric help, but lose high ratings, or let him go crazy and suffer, but keep the program popular …

Will the insidious television networks let the hero go? Will he be able to escape to a normal life?

Features of relations with an infantile

There is a fairly well-known joke that there is not a struggle between "good and evil" going on in the world, but a struggle between "good and dough". There is a grain of truth in it. "Loot", that is, money, symbolizes a consumer value system based on the desire to benefit and use another person to the point of destruction and death.

This position is called the "object relationship system." Other people are viewed as inanimate objects rather than living subjects. This is how a very small child perceives his environment: close people for him are no different from a bottle, a rattle and a warm blanket. They revolve around the child, like satellites around the planet, and satisfy his needs. This is their duty, and in the child's perception - it should be so, this is what they are needed for. The kid is egocentric: he perceives himself as the center of the world.

Infantile people retain an egocentric worldview and an object system of relations

How is a loved one different from a teapot?

As adults, they continue to feel that others should meet their needs and take care of them. Therefore, they are simply incapable of feeling grateful. And if the world does not meet their expectations, they begin to get angry and offended, declare the world "soulless, cruel and cold."

A person of this kind is not capable not only of gratitude, but also of empathy, sympathy, caring for other people

After all, another person for him is no different from a kettle or a car: the kettle must boil water for him, the car must be transported, and people must also be useful in some way, performing a certain function in relation to him.

If the other person is not providing an obvious benefit, they simply move away. Why stand on ceremony?

However, the object cannot have feelings and opinions, just like a kettle and a car.

If the infantile also cares about his loved ones, then as about inanimate objects that need care in order to last longer. You also need to take care of technology somehow.

This is exactly the environment of the protagonist of "Teleset". How it all ends, you will find out for yourself by watching the film.

10 signs of consumerism

And we suggest that you carefully study the list of signs indicating that a loved one treats you as a consumer, as an object, and not a living person.

  • 1. He (a) appears in your life only when he needs you.
  • 2. Constantly asks for help.
  • 3. Doesn't thank you for your assistance.
  • 4. If you refuse to help, he gets offended, gets angry and stops communicating or starts accusing you of being a bad friend / partner / relative.
  • 5. Your requests for help are ignored or denied, in a word, perceives negatively.
  • 6. Not interested in your affairs, feelings, problems.
  • 7. All your conversations translate into yourself and your problems.
  • 8. Constantly calculates what has been done for you, and then “presents the bill”.
  • 9. At the same time, he immediately forgets everything that you are doing for him / her.
  • 10. Always puts himself and his interests first, never yours.

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