25 May 2011
Communication Analysis Paper
In the movie, The King’s Speech, King George VI, who will be referred to as his nickname, Bertie, overcomes his stammer problem throughout the time he becomes king. In order to conquer his stuttering, he sees a speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through his appointments and developing a intrapersonal relationship with Lionel, he is able to figure out how he originally formed his self-concept, convert an impersonal relationship with Lionel into a intrapersonal relationship, and discover how he developed his debilitative emotions which served as an impediment to his speech.
In the beginning of the movie, it is fairly easy to tell that Bertie does not hold a high opinion of himself. This means he has a negative cycle (43) which results from low self-esteem which leads to negative thoughts. From the negative thoughts stem undesirable behavior which also leads to more negative thoughts. At this point, we are back at the beginning of the 4-way cycle which starts with having low self-esteem. He also exhibits many of the negative “Big Five” Personality Traits (44). He is introverted as supposed to being extroverted in the beginning especially when he meets with Lionel for the first time and doesn’t want to release any personal information. He shows antagonistic mannerisms instead of being agreeable, as he is disrespectful, rude, and selfish to want to smoke a cigarette although it’s against Lionel’s rule in his house. Bertie also exhibits neurotic emotions instead of being stable, as he acts impatient and vulnerable in their first few dialogues. Finally, he seems to show a little bit of undirected
behavior as well considering how aimless he is with his disrespectful remarks in their first and second encounters.
Bertie overcomes his speech impediment through changing his self-concept in a couple of ways. He not only discovers a realistic perception...