Through the looking-glass : the Matrix as filmic container and fortigenic tool

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dc.contributor.advisor Maree, David J.F. en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Gerber, Karla en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-02T11:06:50Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-02T11:06:50Z
dc.date.created 2015/04/22 en
dc.date.issued 2015 en
dc.description Dissertation (MA)--University of Pretoria, 2015. en
dc.description.abstract This qualitative investigation addresses the notion of using the film The Matrix (Silver, & Wachowski, Wachowski, 1999) as a fortigenic tool. Fortigenesis is a process of developing strengths. Within the relatively new field of positive psychology (PP) the premise is that character strengths and virtues can be fostered to lead a better life with positive goals and richer meaning. This positive outlook has several links with existentialism. As such PP and existentialism were used as theoretical points of departure in this reading of the film. For this new field to grow, positive psychologists embrace the idea of using many foci. Hence many looking-glasses or lenses were used in this reading: these are PP, existentialism, philosophy, Christianity and fairy-tales. As a result, several PP notions such as self-efficacy, love, hope, courage, open-mindedness, creativity and faith and two existential themes, freedom of choice and will to meaning, were read into this motion picture. Thus conceptually, The Matrix is specifically explored as a filmic container. Its application as a fortigenic tool is highlighted through the use of Broaden-and-Build theory to validate and solidify constructs. Broaden-and-build theory is founded on the idea that positive emotions lead to a broadening of cognition (e.g. new and creative ways of thinking), which in turn allows for a broader repertoire of positive actions that people can consider. Lastly, conclusions are discussed, one being that more research about the positive in psychology is necessary. en
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dc.description.degree MA en
dc.description.department Psychology en
dc.description.librarian tm2015 en
dc.identifier.citation Gerber, K 2015, Through the looking-glass : the Matrix as filmic container and fortigenic tool, MA Dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/46111> en
dc.identifier.other A2015 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/46111
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
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dc.subject UCTD en
dc.subject Filmic container
dc.subject Positive psychology
dc.subject Self-efficacy
dc.subject Open-mindedness
dc.subject Freedom of choice
dc.subject Will to meaning
dc.title Through the looking-glass : the Matrix as filmic container and fortigenic tool en
dc.type Dissertation en


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