Social Penetration Theory in Film: Bridgit Jones Diary

By Meriwether Ball

Abstract: This paper will explain Social Penetration Theory (SPT) and evaluate its presence in  scenes from the 2001 movie, Bridgit Jones Diary, adapted from Helen Fielding’s 1996 book by the same name and directed by Sharon Maguire. SPT explains that people become more intimate through a progression of mutual self-disclosure and other vulnerabilities. Via voluntary exchanges of personal history, preferences, feelings, values and secrets, Brigit and her love interests cautiously navigate their relationships in humorous and endearing ways, including scenes where SPT plays importantly.

COMM 245 Final Paper

Course: Regent University, COMM 245, Communication Theory, Spring 2018
Project grade: 100%
Course grade: A-


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