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    Default The attractiveness of the flawed individual?

    Has anyone else noticed like me the extent to which many of the prominent characters in TV and film are actually pretty flawed? In Scrubs there's Dr. Cox a Narcissist who sees a therapist who has attempted to discharge him, House MD is all about a clinician who is at the very least extremely misanthropic

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    Everybody is "flawed", it's more exaggerated and accentuated in most of the characters on TV and movies because there wouldn't be much of an interesting plot if you don't have something to overcome or develop and have the "happy ending".

    But hey, the main attraction in the circus are the "freaks", aren't they?

    Maybe people like to compare themselves to the characters and think that at least they are "normal" or find similarities between themselves and the characters, which in turn bring some sort of comfort. And the screenwriters and movie execs pick up on what sells and what doesn't.

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    there has been a huge amount of work done on leadership and the need for leaders to show their flaws and vulnerability in order to tap into peoplse desire to help them out.... it works in a similat way to flawed people... living with a super hero/saint would be really dull and make you feel inferior, being around a human is easier and more joyous.

    Living with a very damaged person, is difficult... so masive difference between perfect, flawed, and damaged

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    I also think we enjoys their types of characters in our entertainment, because they are like opening a present. All of these flawed characters have got desirable traits that eventually find their way out for us, and that is what is enjoyable for me. Michael from "The Office"... juvenile, politically incorrect and prone to blurting out things without considering the feelings of others.. but we get to see the sensitive and sometimes insightful person on occasion. Gregory House.. now there is a work. And it's one of my favorite shows (recipient of a peoples choice award last night...woohoooo!). His character is so over the top it's crazy. But we get to see snippets of his humanity... he might do something that seems reprehensible.. but we find out later that the results help someone and that intension were good the whole time. We see how his childhood experiences and medical issues play into why he is the way he is sometimes.

    To me, it is like opening a present, and finally getting to see the "human" inside is the gift!

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    If characters weren't flawed we'd consider their exploits insulting to our own capabilities.

    The "flaws" of a House or Holmes are tightly linked to the exceptional capabilities of the character, and in some ways they support them.

    Watchers can maintain the fantasy that their purity, empathy and normalcy are good/valuable in their own right.
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    I'd say flawed characters are more attractive because flaws create a certain ambiguity along with credibility and the possibility to identify.
    Flaws are essentially a conflict between exterior expectations and individual behavior. If it weren't for the first, plots could be very predictable (or even more than most of them are already). It's always the question whether the person can overcome his or her flaws and how a certain character will deal in a certain situation.
    Flaws also allow the reader/viewer/listener of a plot to immerse more deeply into fiction because a character with no flaws at will appear very artificial and remind the reader that it is not real. Flaws can help to create a more convincing illusion.
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    You get to imagine "fixing" them. Esp. the bad boy with the wounded heart. Or the feisty woman that needs to be tamed by good lovin'.


    Why is this in Politics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Why is this in Politics?
    Yeah, that's a flaw!
    IN SERIO FATVITAS.

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    hmmmmmm so attractive

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    All drama is conflict. To reiterate what pretty much everyone else said: If everything was perfect, there'd be no point.
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