More Than a Movie – Life Lessons from Star Trek Into Darkness


We are pretty big fans of movies here at Southeast Psych. We are also fans of psychology. We’re starting a new blog series called More Than a Movie, where we take a look at some life lessons you can learn from the big screen. I recently saw Star Trek Into Darkness and these are the 7 lessons I learned.

  1. star trek kirk spock khanThe importance of a good friend – The turbulent “bromance” between Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock teaches us an important lesson; despite enraged arguments and heated moments, the depth of friendship is actually strengthened based on a level of honesty and trust.  In the end, a good friend will be there for you, through the good and the bad.
  2. Not everything is black and white – Thinking of the opening scene (which was one of the highlights for me), there are higher codes of morality in certain situations that may justify controversial actions. It is important to remember that life isn’t always black and white, and these grey areas must be navigated with caution.
  3. Keep your enemies close – you may need them one day. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I mean.
  4. Choose the right team for the job – Picking your team wisely and using each team members’ strengths is crucial for accomplishing your goal – especially if your goal involves tracking down a world class super villain in space.
  5. Stand up for what you believe in – During a pivotal scene involving torpedoes aboard The Enterprise, Scotty (played perfectly by Simon Pegg) stuck to his values and didn’t back down from what he thought was right. Though this caused a rift in the team, Scotty remained a loyal friend to the end.
  6. Always trust your teammates – They are trying to do what’s right, and even if they make a mistake, it’s not on purpose.
  7. Communication is key – Coming from conflicting backgrounds, Spock and Uhura run into some inevitable bumps in their relationship. Although it proves to be strenuous at times, they show us that you can still learn to communicate with one another. They work it out even though they are literally from different planets.

Check back next week for more life lessons from movies!


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