We discuss why the Guardians struggle to build and keep positive relationships. When describing those deficits, Drea explains the need for better interpersonal effectiveness, the skills that help us get along. Interpersonal effectiveness skills include the ability to express needs and wants, attend to others, communicate clearly, and preserve our self-respect. Of course, each character happens to have emotional elements that are helpful to the group--they are surprisingly compassionate, open to learning, and love to laugh at their situation. Guardians succeeds as a film because the resolution does not require each character to be cured or absolved of their emotional, cognitive, or communication deficits; but instead, helps us to see their ability to form family, connectedness, and bonding when it matters most.
We Are Groot: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Celebrates Heroes with Authentic Psychological Deficits by Dr. Drea Letamendi (Comics Alliance)
How a Walkman Helps Make 'Guardians of the Galaxy' an Awesome Psychological Experience by Dr. Ali Mattu
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