- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- The Handbook of Military Psychology: An Introduction
- Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Why? And Why Now?
- Combat-Related Stress Reactions Among U.S. Veterans of Wartime Service
- Physical Injuries; Psychological Treatment
- Operational Psychology: Foundation, Applications, and Issues
- Ethics, Human Rights, and Interrogations: The Position of the American Psychological Association
- In Search of Psychological Explanations of Terrorism
- Crime on the Battlefield: Military Fate or Individual Choice?
- What Do Commanders Really Want to Know?: U.S. Army Human Terrain System Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan
- An International Perspective on Military Psychology
- Military Selection and Classification in the United States
- Assessing Psychological Suitability for High-Risk Military Jobs
- Leadership in Dangerous Contexts: A Team-Focused, Replenishment-of-Resources Approach
- Swift Trust in Ad Hoc Military Organizations: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
- Leader Development in a Natural Context
- Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Factors in Soldier Performance
- Characteristics of Sense-Making in Combat
- Military Engineering Psychology: Setting the Pace for Exceptional Performance
- Psychology’s Contribution to Military Training
- The Role of Sleep in the Military: Implications for Training and Operational Effectiveness
- Teams in the Military: A Review and Emerging Challenges
- Boredom: Groundhog Day as Metaphor for Iraq
- Minorities in the Military
- Gay Service Personnel in the U.S. Military: History, Progress, and a Way Forward
- Military Families in an Era of Persistent Conflict
- What They Deserve: Quality of Life in the U.S. Military
- Military Psychology: Closing Observations and a Look Forward
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the meaning of the film Groundhog Day relative to social-psychological elements of boredom. The chapter presents the popular film Groundhog Day featuring actor Bill Murray as a metaphor for American soldiers’ experiences in Iraq. American soldiers and others in Iraq referred to their experience as akin to the film. Groundhog Day is a spatio-temporal displacement film, a comedic love story featuring personal redemption in order for the main character to successfully transform. Groundhog Day—the day—has spiritual and nature roots and represents the transition to springtime. All religions find utility in the film’s leitmotif, and Bill Murray represents a character regularly cast in transitional roles. The chapter highlights direct references to the film from those with experience in Iraq and presents some interpretations of the film itself that are illustrative of the American experience in Iraq. The chapter concludes with some future directions for research by social psychologists and applications for practitioners interested in soldiering, film, and boredom.
Morten G. Ender, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
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