Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tip#743: Create the Best Version of You - Divergent

Some movies are considered box-office bombs or get mixed reviews or get highly panned by film critics and audiences. And yet these films will find another audience because they become motivational tools in the personal or professional development field. For example, the Steve Jobs bio film “Jobs” was recommended for its themes on leadership, creativity, communications and success by Forbes magazine (see tip#690).

Another film that is finding a new audience is Divergent having been featured in the Psychology Today article called “Divergent: Use the Movie to Create the Best Version of You”. It talks about the value of the film as a tool for learning more about yourself and your character strengths. The article also points to a non-validated but fun Aptitude Test on the Divergent film website you can take. I discovered I was divergent which is a good thing as you will read below!

See: Psychology Today article: Divergent: Use the Movie to Create the Best Version of You
See: The Aptitude Test, Divergent movie

Divergent (2014)

The science fiction action film, Divergent, takes place in a future dystopian Chicago, where people are divided into five “factions” based on their personalities: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (truthful), Erudite (intelligent) and Dauntless (brave). Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) wants to know where she belongs and through a serum test discovers she has attributes of all factors meaning she is divergent and considered a threat to society. See: movie trailer 

Inspiring Themes in the Film:
• Knowing yourself
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Mindset training
• Facing fears

I originally had no interest in seeing this film because it looked and sounded like a watered down version of The Hunger Games films. I’m glad I trusted my gut to later see it because despite the movie’s flaws I recognized the personal development themes that could really inspire a person to identify their personality strengths and purpose in life. And ultimately being divergent is a good thing because you’d embody the best qualities of being human: selfless, peaceful, truthful, intelligent and brave.

“I don't want to be just one thing. I can't be. I want to be brave and I want to be selfless, intelligent and honest and kind.” 
Divergent (2014)

Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendation!