Psychosocial Analysis of Cady Heron

Introduction

The film Mean Girls is about a secondary school student named Cady Heron. Cady is the protagonist, a guileless adolescent young lady who has been self-taught for 12 years while living in Africa with her examination zoologist parents. After her mom found a new line of work at a university in the United States, it was farewell to Africa and hello to secondary school in America. Her first day in an American public secondary school is an “intense test time” prologue to the deceptive universe of inner circles and progressions that have effectively been framed before her appearance. Cady is keen, particularly in math, and anxious to be loved. However, Cady eventually capitulates to the tempting yet remorseless draw of the mainstream crowd (plastics) before making up for herself eventually.

First day of the protagonist Cady Heron 

Cady wears baggy garments, her hair is in a ponytail, and she wears negligible cosmetics; she was herself whenever she went out in public at the film’s start. On her first day, Ms. Norbury, Cady’s math instructor, erroneously invites a dark student since Cady was from Africa, an example of stereotype and racial prejudice. When Cady moves toward a gathering of dark students, she enthusiastically extends out an ancestral hello, which is an example of prejudice as well. 

Meeting Janis, Damien, Plastics, and Aaron Sameuels 

On the second day of school, Cady met Janis and Damian, and Janis told her to skip the physical education class. Since Cady was desperate to make friends, she didn’t go to the class even though she knew it was wrong. This is an example of cognitive dissonance.  I would also like to include the foot in the door phenomenon in the above example when Janis and Damien persuaded Cady to skip physical education class. This happens when Janis says, “For what reason would we get you into difficulty? We’re your companions.” By displaying this, Janis has made an ethical difficulty for Cady and generally speaking, Cady picks her freshly discovered companions. She got her foot in the “cool children” and remained a cool student until the movie’s end. 

After skipping the class, it was lunch, and Janis gave Cady a paper outlining the title of each table that the person sat at in the cafeteria. For example, hot black hotties. This generalization propagates the possibility that African American young ladies are furious and not kind to any individual who isn’t African American. Another mark was the geeky Asians and the cool Asians; the generalization that all Asians are keen and acceptable in math is being strengthened.

Additionally, the Asians that are more Americanized are alluded to as cool Asians. An extra reference is to the plastics, the mainstream young ladies at school that everybody needs to resemble. Therefore, in the film, when Janis gave Cady a guide to the people in the cafeteria, she was prejudging how other people’s character was in advance based on her assumptions. She showed that data to Cady, who additionally developed a hypothesis about each clique.

After meeting Janis and Damien, Cady seems to settle in the school until she meets the group known as plastics. The plastics told her to sit with them. In this case, the plastics are the in-group while others are the out-group, including Janis and Damien. The plastics are composed of three young ladies who keep specific guidelines, and if they don’t comply or maintain those principles, they are terminated from the group. Regina George is the head of the group and controls the guidelines; Gretchen and Karen are obedient puppets of Reigna which means that Regina is an authority figure. When Cady discloses to them where she is from, Karen unconsciously asks her, “Assuming you come from Africa, for what reason are you white?” 

After some time hanging out with the plastics, she told Gretchen and Karen that she had a crush on Aaron Samuels (Regina’s ex-boyfriend). Gretchen told her that she can’t date him since it is like a norm that no one dates their friend’s ex-boyfriend. Therefore, Gretchen defined a social norm in the group. 

On the same day, she went out with the plastics wearing pink as Karen had told her to. Evidence of this was provided in the movie that plastics follow this standard in the mall alongside Regina’s mom. Regina is the force figure (have authority) to her mom; Mrs. George submits to her girl, and Regina is allowed to do however she sees fit getting a more lavish room, wearing a wrong Halloween costume, and how her mom inquired as to whether she required anything while she was engaged with sex. This suggests that Mrs. George is constrained by her little girl Regina. Cady was conditioned; the more she invested time with The Plastics, the more she became like one; the proof was demonstrated when she started wearing tight clothes to hanging out with the plastics on her second day. 

After coming back from the mall, Regina called Cady to talk about Aaron Samuels and eventually stole him at a party by making Aaron think that Cady is weird. In that anger, Cady plotted a plan to destroy Regina with Janis and Damien. In taking revenge from Regina George for taking Aaron Samuels (her crush) away from her, Cady spent a significant amount of time in the group that she took Regina’s title of the new queen bee and satisfied the arrangement; thus, she conditioned to the group to the extent where she eventually became like them, and her views became radicalized (group polarization) until Regina got into an accident. After that, Cady got fixated on being mainstream. She devises and pins companions against each other begins to wear cosmetics and short and tight garments (an example of conformity). 

Between the above events, Cady was introduced to the burn book where all of the girls in the school were substandard by the Plastics, which explains that the Plastics think of themselves as the only group and leave everyone else with “them.” 

To get her crush’s attention, Cady was also failing in Math alongside destroying Regina. She told the Plastic about it; she adjusted to the group by writing in the burn book that Ms. Norbury sells drugs which is an example of the scapegoat theory

Conclusion 

Investing increasingly more time and adjusting to the principles made Cady dress and act like the Plastic. Cady’s uniqueness was broken, and now she was acting like one of the group individuals from the Plastic (deindividuation). Additionally, the entirety of the young ladies who romanticize Regina George is inadvertently conditioned (brainwashed) by her as she is the most excellent individual in North Shore High School, as we can find in one of the tributes of how a young lady shouted that she cherished it when Regina slapped her on the face. Besides, Cady says that she genuinely despises Regina George; however, as a general rule, Cady respects her but tells everybody how Regina would appear as a British man on the off chance that she trims her hair. Thus, she became a woman possessed. This is an example of the foot the door phenomenon as Cady continued to dress and admire Regina George after her second day. When Cady felt invisible, she sensed that she could pull off anything (the plan to destroy Regina George), which means she represented diffusion of responsibility in the Plastics.  

Moreover, she started to view Janis and Damian as out-groups in light of her group bias

The inclination to accept that the world is reasonable and that individuals get what they deserve. Janis, who was the genius behind obliterating Regina’s existence with her accomplice Cady admitted that Regina got what she deserved because she was mean to them, showing they had confidence in the just-world phenomenon. At the point when Cady Heron won the Spring Fling rivalry, she referenced that portion of the understudies chose her because they imagine that she pushed Regina George onto the transport and half since they feel miserable for her, there is nobody passing judgment on the circumstance except for taking a dispositional attribution into account.