The pursuit of happiness is a drama film about life adventures ofChris Gardner`s struggle with being homeless and his pursuit of love,success, and the American dream. Gabriele Muccino directs the film.Chris lives in San Francisco. In 1981, the great salesman who lovedhis family so much decided to invest the family savings into buyingsome medical equipment called "bone-density scanners." Theapparatus were so expensive in fact, twice as expensive as theX-rays though they would perform the same function. In the end, theventure collapses with the entire family savings, annoyed by Chris`sstupid move, his wife Linda moves out. Homeless and without money,Chris together with the son now have no means to survive. Ferociouslydetermined to be the best father, he enrolls in a non-payinginternship in a Stock brokerage firm. In the end, he gets thefull-time coveted post he had always desired, and the manager giveshim a 5-dollar note as promised (Myers & Diener, 70).
Communicationis key to achieving any successful sales process. Without efficientinterpersonal concepts for communication, a relationship andfriendship cannot surface. Friendship is a key aspect ofcommunication Chris turns out friendly and willing to open up. Chrisemploys the self-disclosure communication method to be able to gaintrust from an investor (DeVito255-264).He appears to be characterized by mutual positivity in the interviewand believes if he shares his story of the arrest he will gainconsideration. He again went through to paint from the police stationthat explained his improper dressing. He believes that being openwill ensure he will earn favor and get the sale.
Chrisis a great salesman but attempting to make a deal with an investor onhis bone density scanners. Right from the beginning, he employsinterpersonal communication to have success. Most of the people Christries to lure to make a purchase are showing reverse patterns ofmutual relationship creation (DeVito255-264).They look more for the differences embodying them than thesimilarities. Friendships and relationships alike require mutualperspectives and have different needs that they could associate with.Chris is looking for someone who can create mutual trust, as herequires security, stimulation and an ego support to take thebusiness to greater heights.
Hehas a beautiful family consisting of his wife and son, and the scriptsuggests they had a brighter past. The family relation can beenhanced with the different characteristics that define a family asexplained by (DeVito255-264).First, within every family, it is common to have defined roles thatare as a result of culture or as a mode and agreeable method betweencouples. Linda does not like the fact that Chris is not working andshe has to assume his role. Linda has to work day and night to makeends meet as Chris tries to make sales but fails to make any.Secondly is the recognition of responsibilities. Linda expected Christo recognize his responsibilities, and make a separate kind of effort(DeVito255-264).
Lastly,Linda has to leave Chris since the past they had an interest in hadchanged. She did not share in the future Chris had seen. The couplewas not able to communicate with a lot of differentiation inideologies. The movie embodies communication concepts and theoriesthat were available through its entirety. The relationship that Chrisbuilds with his son is based on trust, and Chris is instilling hisfuture within his son and they understand each other. He strives tobe a role model to his son.
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