Yet the question remains, why did these people become depressed? One of the answers that lead to the cause of depression would be a person's interpersonal relationship with their surroundings and the people around them.There are many interpersonal instances that can have the ability to lead to the onset of depression, such as the family environment, the socialization setting, and the discrimination against gender in certain cultures and instances.This character can be the opposite of the character in many ways — or perhaps very, very, very similar, except for a crucial difference. short are among the most common ways of setting up a contrast.Many intentional foils are depicted as physical contrasts to the main character. Similarly, when the heroine's hair is blonde or white, the villain tends to have dark or red hair; when the villain is blond or white haired, the hero tends to be dark or red haired.Sometimes a foil is a flat or Bit Character, a secondary character that comes on stage, sparks a response, then fades from the story.
If you're feeling a little poetic and look around at your surroundings enough, you'll probably discover that this trope is a bit of Truth in Television. For a select few, depression can be hard to overcome, and this is where depression becomes a disorder that requires active treatment.Those 'selected few' account for over 100 million people worldwide and result in 75% of all psychiatric hospitalizations (Gotlib & Hammen, 1992).These are far from the only possible pairings, however, as virtually any story with multiple characters can contrast the characters to show greater depths to them, regardless of what side they are on in the good versus evil equation.Good versus evil doesn't have to come into the picture at all.In a study on the relation between depressed adolescences and depressed mothers (Hammen & Brennan, 2001), they found that the depressed children of depressed mothers had more negative interpersonal behavior as compared with depressed children of non-depressed mothers.This is reinforced when a study (Chen & Rubin, 1995) shows that the parents of depressed children are less warm and caring and more hostile than parents of non-depressed children.For example, the building of a new interpersonal relationship with the child can be very tasking and become a major stressful life event that can cause a mood disorder to develop (O'Hara, Lewis, Schlechte, & Varner, 1991).Aside from the martial distresses of spouses, the impact of depressed parents can have an effect on their children as well.A calm and pragmatic sidekick when the hero is hotheaded, for example.In the classic good-guy versus bad guy scenario, both the hero and villain can each be considered the other's foil, in that each acts to show how the other behaves in certain situations.