The interview at Wenger Christ school. In

The blind side is an American inspiration movie released in
2009 and it’s based on Michael Lewis’s 2006 book “weakness: the game
process” adapted from. The main character of the film is Michael O’Hare
who was a homeless black teen
transform to an All-American first-round draft pick. In the past 17 years of
Michael’s life, he has lived in different foster homes and he will have escaped
and looked for his mother every time
when he is sent to a new home. Michael has never met his father and her mother
is a drug addict. 

 

            One day, Michael’s friend’s father
took Michael and his son to go for an interview at Wenger Christ school. In
order to get his son into the school, he took Michael with him, he tried to
persuade the coach that Michael would be an asset and beneficial to the
school’s football program based on his tremendous size. Michael successfully
gets enroll in Wenger Christ school but he couldn’t fit in the new school with
his little formal education he had. He could hardly blend in with his
classmates and most of his teacher believe he is unteachable.

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            On
the eve of Thanksgiving, Leigh Anne met Michael in shorts and trembled in a
bitter cold winter. When Leigh Anne finds out Michael is homeless, out of
sympathetic to such situation, she invites Michael to her home for a stay. From
this point, Michael started a new life with Tuohy family, they took him in,
they clothed him, they fed him, they paid for his private education, the most
importantly, they showered him with love that he has been craving for. Despite
Michael’s poor academic performance, Leigh Anne found he scored 98 percentiles
in protective distinct. All things in their being are good for something, Leigh
Anne is fully believing that Michael has his own potential to fulfil his dream.

 

However, things are not going smoothly as they
expected. Although based on Michael’s tremendous size and physical strength has
an advantage in the field, but he is lacking the basic knowledge of the
American football. In a consequence, his performance in the field wasn’t ideal
as expected. Leigh Anne doesn’t give up on Michael, she uses her own way to try
to explain and analyze how important his role in the game. S.J, the son of
Leigh Anne begins intensive football training with Michael. With the help and
motivation of Tuohy family, Michael started to identify his role and mastered
the skills of American football. He begins to play well and useful to his
football team in Wenger Christ school.

 

There comes another challenge to Michael’s life.

Out of circumstances of Michael’s low CGPA on his academic, he might not be
able to obtain the first-class scholarship for the National Football League.

Therefore, Leigh Anne hires a private tutor, Miss Sue, to assist Michael’s
homework. With the dedicated of Miss Sue and the determination of Michael, he
has a huge improvement on his grades which he scored 2.52 in his final CGPA.

Hard work and effort never betrays, Michael got the golden opportunity to sign
with the University Mississippi. However, a call from National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA), asking Michael to assist with an investigation
which is they suspected the intend of Tuohy family adopted him. NCAA suspects
that Tuohy family is funding Michael to ensure him to play football and win the
championship for University Mississippi which is Tuohy’s alma mater.

 

Michael drowning in the confusion, he questioned
Leigh Anne if she helped him through hard time for their own gain. Leigh Anne
lets Michael knows that he can always count on her for support, whatever he
decides to do in his life as long as he is happy.  He realized Leigh Anne sincerity and her
unconditional love towards him. Michael return to assist with the investigation
of NCAA and clarify the reason he chose University Mississippi has no uncertain
terms with Tuohy family. University Mississippi is his choice because this is
the school his parents go to then so it be. Michael goes to University
Mississippi as he wished and leads his college football team to victory after
victory. At the end of the films saying that Michael becomes a National
Football League player later on.

 

Dimension of Positive Psychology

 According to Martin E.P. Seligman, the range
of topics within positive psychology is quite large. However, Seligman’s conclusion
is that happiness has three dimensions that can be cultivated which are
pleasant life, good life and meaningful life. An individual which fulfilling
these three dimensions will be able to achieve the stage of “full life”
(Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). An individual living a full life will
be able to feel and savor positive feelings about the past, present and future
to obtain abundant gratification. In the movie of “the blind side”, the main
character Michael O’Hare had fulfilled all these three dimensions of positive
psychology therefore he had achieved the state of “full life”.

 

            The
first dimension of positive psychology is at the subjective level which is
pleasant life. It focusses on positive subjective states or positive emotion
such as happiness, satisfaction with life, joy, relaxation, love contentment,
optimism, hope and intimacy. It is also involving the pleasure of positive
affect and personal well-being. Seligman
provides a mental “toolkit” to achieve what he calls the pleasant
life by enabling people to think constructively about the past, gain optimism
and hope for the future and, as a result, gain greater happiness in the
present. It can be shown in the movie when
Tuohy’s family begin to treat Michael as part of the family and vice versa,
they showered him with agape love which is selfless love, oriented towards
giving and not taking. For example, Leigh Anne reading bedtime stories to
Michael because she knows that his mother has never read any to him, she is
trying to express a love of mother to him.

 

            The
second dimension of positive psychology looks at the individual level which is
good life. It focuses on a study of positive individual traits, is that a trait
refers to something more enduring and permanent in one’s behavior over time and
relatively stable such as honesty, courage, wisdom, persistence, determination,
creativity, humility, integrity and etc. These positive individual traits are
going to lead an individual to an increased drive for greater success. Although
Michael doesn’t understand the basic rules of American football but still he
never gives up and had intensive football training with SJ until he mastered
the skills of American football and figures out his own roles in the field. Not
merely that, Michael couldn’t hardly read and learned in different ways
compared to other students, as a result he showed poor academic
performance with low CGPA. In order to obtain first-class scholarship for the
National Football League, Michael determined to improve his grades with the
help of his private tutor, Miss Sue. Hard work paid off, Michael not only
becomes an outstanding football player, he also had a huge improvement in his
academic performance which his final CGPA is 2.52. Michael showed that he is
using his determination to obtain gratification in the important areas in his
life. 

 

            At
the societal level which is meaningful life is also one of the dimension of
positive psychology. It focuses on the development, creation and maintenance of
positive institutions. In this area, positive psychology addresses issues such
as the development of civic virtues, the creation of healthy families, the
study of the healthy work environments and positive communities. Positive
psychology may also be involved in investigations that look at how institutions
can work better to support and nurture all of the citizens they impact. In
short, meaningful life also seek for belongingness of a sense of social support
such as positive relationship. While this dimension could be found in the film,
when Leigh Anne put all her heart to help a homeless black teen, Michael, to
pursuit his dream without any terms. At first, out of sympatry as a human
being, Leigh Anne invites Michael to her home a stay. But as time passed by,
she takes charge of his life, ensuring Michael has every opportunity to
succeed. As soon she finds out his potential which he scored 98 marks in
protect distinct, she tried her best to motivate and coach him on how to use
his talent in the football team. Apart from that, Leigh Anne hired a private
tutor, Miss Sue, to assist Michael’s homework to improve his grades to the point
where he would qualify for the first-class scholarship. Leigh Anne using her
own strengths to help Michael transform from a homeless teen to the first-round
pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 National Football League draft, a
sense of social support had come from Leigh Anne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Coping Theory

Coping is a
response aimed at diminishing the physical, emotional, and psychological burden
that is linked to stressful life events and daily hassles (Synder & Dinoff,
1999, p. 5).

There are three types of coping styles which are emotion-focus coping,
problem-focus coping, and avoidance.

 

Emotion-focused
coping is directed at regulating emotional responses to problems (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). There are two subtypes under
emotion-focused coping which are cognitive and behavioral. Cognitive
emotion-focused coping are the ways of thinking that attempt to draw attention
away from the more painful elements of a situation by reinterpreting the
situation, using positive thinking to block out negative emotions, or by the
use of selective attention (Compton, 2005). Behavioral emotion-focused
coping involves doing something to regulate one’s emotions, such as exercise,
meditation, or simply venting anger (Compton, 2005). At the beginning of the
movie, Michael performed behavioral emotion-focused coping. He wrote out a
letter and threw it into the rubbish bin. The letter he wrote was expressing
his emotions, such as he felt suffer because he did not understand what
teachers taught in school. In the middle of the movie, Leigh Anne drove Michael
back his home to get his clothes, but his mother had moved. The house was empty
and forbidden to enter. He cried at the corner. This shows he released his
negative emotions into crying.

 

The other
coping style, which is problem-focused coping, involves the use of realistic
strategies that could make a tangible difference in the situation that causes
the stress (Compton, 2005). There are two subtypes under
problem-focused coping which are changing situation and changing self. In this
movie, Michael performed changing self’s problem-focused coping.

At the beginning, he had no idea what
lecturers taught during lessons. Most of his teacher believes that he is
unteachable, except his science teacher, Mrs. Boswell who figured out that
Michael learning way is different compared to other students, he is poor at
reading part but he is excellent in listening part. Since then, she tried to
use different ways to assist Michael’s homework. As a result, Michael had a
huge improvement on his academic result.

 

The another coping style is avoidance, which means a
person attempts to run away from stress, refuses to confront difficulties
presented by life events, or attempts to deny their impact and importance (Compton, 2005). In the movie, Michael had used avoidance coping to
deal with some situations. When the principal informed him the death news of
his father, he avoids eyes contact and try not to reply or replied with short
sentences. He avoided answer Leigh Anne questions that were related to himself
and his family. Not merely that, Michael showed avoidance when he invited to
assist with an investigation which the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA), suspected the intend of Tuohy family adopted him. He ran away from the
investigator, Jocelyn Granger, when she triggered Michael with some sensitive
questions during the investigation.

 

 

Top-down Theory

Top-down
theory is more related to a general tendency to evaluate and interpret
experiences in a positive way (Compton, 2005). In
this movie, Michael said that when he was still young, his mother will have
told him to close his eyes when she took drugs or something bad happened. After
all those passed through, she told him to close his eyes and said “The past is
gone, the world is a good place, and it’s all going to be okay.” (Hancock,
2009). Although his mother took drugs, but he did not follow the path of his
mother. He interpreted those bad experiences he
had as a lesson to himself, so he would not make the same mistakes that his
mother did. Besides that, in the
self-evaluation test, Michael scored very low in other fields but 98% in the
protective instincts field. Most of the lecturers in school thought that was a
weird and bad thing. But only Leigh Anne interpret this as a positive character
that Michael had. During the football practice, Michael did not play it well,
always got scolded by his coach. Leigh Anne “used” his 98% protective instinct
and turned this into football playing strategy, which was assumed his teammates
as his family. Thus, he managed to play well in his football playing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Theory

            Hope theory
perceived an individual’s ability to create method to reach one’s desired
goals. Hope theory says that hope is actually the result of two processes: (1)
pathways, or believing that one can find ways to reach desired goals; and (2)
agency, or believing that one can become motivated enough to pursue those goals
(Synder, Rand, & Sigmon,
2002).

 

Pathway thought represent the perceived ability
to find several routes or ways to one’s desired goals. With little formal
education Michael had, he couldn’t cope with the classes in Wenger Christ
School. While most of his teacher believes that he is unteachable, except his
science teacher, Mrs. Boswell believes that he is not stupid as other teachers
thought, she knows that Michael’s learning method is different with the rest of
the students in class. Mrs. Boswell found Michael is good in listening while
poor at reading and writing part, that’s the reason he couldn’t answers the
exam papers. Hence, Mrs. Boswell finds other ways to assist Michael which is
having verbal exam with him. As a result, Michael’s grades have an obvious
improvement. Apart from that, Leigh Anne found that Michael needed 2.5 CGPA to be
qualified to get the first-class scholarship for the National Football League but
Michael’s current CGPA is too low. After discussing with her husband, Mr.

Tuohy, they decided to hire a private tutor who is Miss Sue to assist Michael’s
homework. As a result, Michaels successfully
get the opportunity to sign with the university he desired for. These examples from
the movie shows that an individual can achieved desired goals by the way of
hope theory which is pathway. An individual should generate multiples pathways
for their desired goals, if a path gets blocked one should consider the other
option.

 

            Nevertheless, pathways are
useless without the associated agency-inducing cognitions (Snyder, Cheavens,
& Michael, 1999; Snyder, Michael, & Cheavens, 1999). These agency
thoughts are reflected in the positive self-talk that is exhibited by high-hope
individuals (e.g., “I can do this” or “I will not give up”; Snyder, LaPointe,
Crowson, & Early, 1998). High-hope people are sustained by their agency
thinking when confronted with challenging situations or impediments (Snyder,
1994, 1999). For example, from the movie, American football spring game is
around the corner, Michael still couldn’t master the skill of it, he felt very
distressed and upset about his performance. While Leigh Anne came to visit
Michael for his football training, she motivates Michael with his excellent
result of protective instincts. She told him that the football team members are
important as his family, he must fully use his potential to protect the team in
the game just as he protected Tuohy family. Michael keeps the words from Leigh
Anne in his mind during his training and he begins to play well and contribute
to his football team. However, pathway and agency should be working together in
order to generate the effective result.  

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

            At the end of this movie, Michael scored GPA of 2.52 with
the love and support from Leigh Anne and her family, his teachers at school and
Miss Sue, his private teacher hired by Leigh Anne. Besides, he gets enrolled one
of the best universities, which was Ole Miss University. Now, due to those
people who had helped him got through his hard times, he was able to pursue his
career as a footballer in his future. The contribution he made was undeniable. In
my opinion, he is a very different boy compare to the others. He has a generous
heart, open minded attitude that allowed him to transform from a shy person to
a more communicative person. On the other hand, he showed tolerance and
forgiveness toward his drug addict mother and friends, showed kindness to the
children even though they ran away from him for the first time. He is hard-working
person, as a footballer and a student. Because of his positive characteristics,
he became a successful person at the end. There are several things that comes
into my mind when I watched this movie. The first thought was, never judge a
book by its cover, because we never know who the real person is. The second
thought was, racial discrimination does exist all around the world. We as human being
should take this seriously. The third thought was, human being should practice
positive attitudes when dealing with difficult situations meanwhile maintain our
daily routine. Last but not least, the sculpture of these words “with men this
is possible, but with God all things are possible” showed us having faith is necessary
and beneficial in each one ‘s life.