To read the full article, click on this link: Living with a Brain Injury, Feeling Rejected, Excluded, Cliques and “The Breakfast Club” Movie
Introduction to the article and video presentation
Living with the impact of a brain injury can leave us feeling alone and isolated from ourselves and other people.
In our isolation, we may then also feel rejected, excluded, ostracized and that our lives do not matter.
Labels, stereotypes and a societal stigmatization can then serve to reinforce our feelings of isolation and alienation.
In addition to our feeling alienated, cliques then perpetuate the notion that we just don’t measure up. That we just don’t measure up because of expectations.
As I have shared in my autobiography, my brain injury occurred when I was 10 years in 1967.
Because I grew up at a time when there was little known about the impact of brain injuries, I had no idea how my life was and had been affected socially.
Affected socially by the mindset and behaviors of cliques that further left me feeling alienated and alone.
In April of 2022 I wrote the article, “Feeling Rejected, Excluded, Cliques and “The Breakfast Club” Movie”. Today, I am creating a video presentation of the article for visual and auditory learners.
A Movie that Opened my Eyes to What I Experienced
In 1985 I watched a movie, while at graduate school, The Breakfast Club. The movie was set as a comedy, however as I watched the movie the plot opened my eyes.
Opened my eyes to what I experienced while in high school. A “social” structure that identified individuals as being in a clique: a “jock”, “a freak” or a “nerd”.
In my experience, in high school and as demonstrated through the movie, cliques were the way that students interacted. Each movie character represented a clique.
To watch and listen to a video presentation of the article, click on the start feature below.