January 7, 2015

Have Some Empathy: Freaky Friday (2003)

Freaky friday post.jpgIt's funny how some of the biggest problems in relationships, of any kind really, could easily be solved with a little empathy. Whether there is a mother who often bickers with their teenager because she thinks the teenager has it easy or a doctor who thinks that his nurse doesn't have much merit, sometimes we all fall privy to a little judgment of another person.

It is those snap judgments, unfortunately, that cause us to not only engender negative feelings about who we are judging but it also causes us to lose sight of the commonalities that we all share as human beings. We forget that everybody has struggled, and just because we don't see their struggles doesn't mean that they don't exist. The movie Freaky Friday (2003) is a great reminder that we all should have some empathy for others, no matter who they are because we never know what they are going through, even if we can't see it.

In the movie Freaky Friday (2003), a mother named Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) learn to have empathy for each other after a freakish event causes them to switch bodies. Fortunately for Tess and Anna, the body switch only lasted a day, however, throughout the course of those 24 hours, they were able to live a day in the life of each other and ultimately experience life from the other person's perspective. This taught the mother and daughter to have some empathy for each other and appreciate each other just in time for Tess' wedding; but not without a few hiccups before the happy ending.

In the beginning of the movie, neither Anna nor Tess actually took the time to get to really know and understand what was indeed going on in each others' lives. They were too consumed with their individual problems and simply figured that the other person had at easier. However, all of that soon changed when a life altering dinner at a Chinese restaurant caused them to switch bodies, ultimately forcing them to reckon with their own prejudgments and become more selfless.

In the end, Anna and Tess served as a reminder about how the detriment that can be caused with prejudgments. And that instead of rushing to such judgments, we should have some empathy instead. Not only will empathy take you further in your relationships, but it will also help you make more friends along the way.

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