Question: Do you know any movies about a person in a powerful job, who loses the ability to relate to their friends?
I have a friend who either is intolerably immature, or takes a position of dictatorial infallibility and when challenged, will deal with the confrontation by picking up and leaving. This is causing him to become more and more alienated from his circle of friends. He was not at all like this before he became a highschool teacher. It took me many months of pondering his psychology for me to finally come to the, somewhat obvious, conclusion that this erratic behavior was directly related to their being a teacher. I think being a teacher has required him to be more of a adult then he feels comfortable with, and he deals with it by regressing to his childlike demeanor when out of school. Now, when he is called on something while in this state, he will react either by leaving in a huff, or by trying to intimidate the challenger into accepting his authority and letting him define the situation as he pleases, just as a teacher might.
Now I could simply ask him if he thinks this might be the case, but he often gets defensive and hostile when he’s put in a vulnerable position. I have given much thought to how I might get him to face up to his schizoid manner, considering his unapproachability, and another friend offered up a solution: Present him with a literary reference or better yet a movie where his behavior is mirrored. Maybe this will allow him to save face by allowing him to discover the truth for himself. But what movie has a character that has the same personality defect? I really have no idea, and no clue as to how to go about finding one.
I have but one hope: That the great minds of this exalted forum will provide me with the kind of movie or book that I am looking for. So there it is my good friends; you are my only hope.
“The play is the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.”