Wednesday, October 10, 2012
As Good As It Gets: Dealing with Difficult People
This is a classic with wonderful acting and plot. You can't miss Jack Nicholson's best performance ever.
What is a "difficult person?"
Anyone who doesn't behave as expected. We do, after all have some unwritten "rules" about appropriate behavior in our society. Be fair; wait your turn; say "please" and "thank you"; talk in conversational tones and volume... Difficult people ignore those mores, or act as if they are exempt - often while they expect you to live by the standards they're flaunting. They're usually loud, intrusive, impolite, thoughtless, selfish, and, difficult! Activities inspired by this excellent site: Athealth.com
Work in pairs:
1. Do you know any "difficult person", according to the definition above? Talk about him/her. What is your relationship with him/her?
2. What would you recommend someone do when dealing with a difficult person.
3. How do you react when you have to deal with a difficult/rude person?
4. How difficult do you think you are?
5. What are the consequences of being difficult where you live? Explain it.
6. Do you agree with the statement: "Difficult people are the ones who actually make us reflect upon our acts. Their role in society is to show that politeness and kindness is just a convention established by society".
II. Read some tips on how to deal with impolite people. Decide if you think the tip will actually help or worsen the situation.
1. No matter how rude they are, it is just not worth the effort to be rude in return.
2. The best way to deal with impolite responses is by completely ignoring the person who talks rudely.
3. Whenever a person tries to be rude with you and says something offensive, try to negate the effects by responding in a kind and sweet manner.
4. Direct confrontation is the most important step you can take to stop such outrageous behavior.
5. Face the person head on and make him or her well aware of how such behavior is unappreciated.
6. Ask the other person to stop such a behavior. III. Watch the movie segment from the movie "As Good As It Gets" and discuss the questions that follow:
1. Describe the scene.
2. Why is Jack Nicholson's character difficult?
3. Which of the tips above did Helen Hunt's follow? Give examples.
4. What would you do if you were in her shoes?
5. Have you ever seen anything similar to this scene in a public place? Talk about it.
MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - AS GOOD AS IT GETS