Movie Essay

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The movie A League of Their Own is about a female baseball league that was formed since the men were off fighting in World War II. The need to keep professional baseball going the owners tried the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (Marshall, 1992). Most of the movies that we watch have multiple examples of social psychology concepts. The movie A League of Their Own did have concepts that we learned about. The five concepts that I pick out of the movie were schemas, self-fulfilling prophesy, display rules, self-handicapping, and social exchange theory.
Schemas, the mental structures that we use to organize information around us, were predominate in the movie (Aronson, Wilson & Akert, 2013). The schema of what a professional baseball payer looked like was not what was around to play. All the men were off fighting the war so when the women started playing they did not fit the schema of what most people saw as a baseball player (Marshall, 1992).
Self-fulfilling prophesy, where people expect a person to act a specific way so they treat them as if they would act that way, which in turn affects how the person acts was expressed in the movie (Aronson, Wilson, & Akert, 2012). Dottie had a little sister Kit, which was never expected to be better than her sister. Kit wanted to be seen as a great player and not always be compared to her sister. She was told that her sister was the better player, so she started to doubt her ability. Fortunately for Kit at the end of the movie her team played against her sisters’ team. Kit finally came out of under her sisters’ shadow by scoring the winning run to win the world series for her team (Marshall, 1992).
Display rules, rules determined by the culture do determine appropriate behaviors, were in this movie as well (Aronson, Wilson, & Akert, 2012). The American culture did not find women playing baseball as appropriate. To try to make the league follow most of the...

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