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Friends Character Analysis

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Melissa Sklar

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Friends Melissa Sklar & Marisa Scocozzo Plot Summary The show is about six friends living in New York City and the problems and funny situations they encounter. Characters Rachel Green Jennifer Aniston
After running out on her wedding, the spoiled fashionista moves in with her childhood best friend, Monica. She quickly befriends the rest of the crew and eventually has an on-again-off-again relationship with Monica's brother Ross that lasts all 10 seasons. Monica Geller Courtney Cox
Monica is a chef who is known for being a competitive and compulsive perfectionist. She tends to have trouble finding love and the group often jokes about how she was overweight as a child . Ross Geller David Schwimmer
Monica's older brother Ross is a goofy but romantic paleontologist. He is infamous for his love for Rachel and his lesbian ex-wife. Phoebe Buffay Lisa Kudrow
Phoebe is a ditzy but lovable hippie who works as a masseuse and self-taught musician. Despite her extremely rough past (a deadbeat father, an cruel twin sister, and a mother that committed suicide) she is always perky and quirky. Joey Tribbiani Matt LeBlanc
Joey is a struggling actor who loves food and women. He is often characterized as being stupid but deep down he is very caring and sensitive. Chandler Bing Matthew Perry
Chandler is known for his sarcastic sense of humor and bad luck in relationships. While he is certainly financially secure, for most of the show none of his friends know exactly what his job is. Monica Geller Acts as the mother figure of the group
Works as a chef at various different restaurants and temporarily as a caterer
Younger sister of Ross
Often suggested that Ross was favored by their parents
Her mother is very critical of her
Was overweight as a child/teen
Hopes to one day have a family of her own
Relationships with various guys but only a couple were very serious Chandler Bing Very neurotic
Uses humor as a defense mechanism
Doesn't have much luck with women & relationships
Childhood has a large impact on his behavior as an
adult
His mother was a famous erotic novelist
Parents announce divorce when Chandler was nine at Thanksgiving dinner
His father becomes a cross-dresser and moves to Las Vegas
Doesn't have much contact with his father as an adult
Wealthiest of the six friends even though none of his friends knew what he did Psychoanalytic
Theory
Parental indifference and lack of affection
as a child can result in neuroticism and anxiety issues
Parents divorce at
nine years old
Poor coping skills
Takes up
smoking cigarettes
Low self esteem
Often is up-tight
Scared of commitment Big 5 Humanistic Theory High neuroticism - often is moody;
high anxiety; becomes irritable and upset
quite easily; very insecure Low openness - keeps to himself; usually hides his true feelings using humor and sarcasm as a defense mechanism Starts the show at stage 2
Secure in his job
Acceptance of his family
No serious relationships
with women
Ends the show at stage 3
Gets married
Starts his own family
Moves out of apartment and into a family home Psychoanalytic
Theory Karen Horney's Approach Parental indifference leads to anxiety and neuroticism
her parents always favored Ross and often ignored her
caused her to be neurotic
need to please everyone
always needs to be the best
neat freak = need for control Big 5 Very High Conscientiousness - very organized; mindful of details; sets goals; very dependable

Low Openness - not very open-minded; wants everything to be her way; hates change Humanistic Theory Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Starts of the show in the middle of stage 3
Secure in physiological and safety needs but still looking for love (fixation)
Drops back to stage 2 after being fired from her job
No longer has security of employment
Completes stage 3 by the end of the series
Finds love and starts a family Karen Horney's Theory Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
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