Television And Movies And Their Lasting Effects On Our Psyche
Some movies (and television shows) make us laugh or cry, while some make us take more notice on the planet around us. Have you watched a film that made you angry about all the injustices in the world? What about a movie that got you interested by a subject you wouldn't are already interested in otherwise? Have you ever heard a bump during the night and thought about the horror movie you saw the night before? Good Television shows and movies stick with us long afterwards we have finished watching them. Although you may think you have forgot in what you watched after that viewing it, it sometimes only takes one little thing it to be ripped out of our subconsciousness.
20 years ago I experienced my "Indian phase" in which I became heavily interested in Native American history after watching the film "Dances with Wolves". I re-decorated my living area with Native American artwork, including feathers, pelts or a tomahawk. For Christmas that year I used to be given the score towards the movie. I played it again and again, and that soundtrack in turn sparked my fascination with classical music. This type of movie may not have had the same impact on you because it did on me, on the other hand bet if you think back far enough it will be possible to recall one that did. Think back to your childhood. Have you play cowboys and Indians? Was there a particular show that made you want to chase your friends with a plastic six shooter or wear a head dress??
So what now about scary movies? I know you can think of several times when you were a child which you heard a noise and yes it frightened you. What have you think the noise was? A monster of some type or a demon? What images filled your head while you hid beneath the covers? It is possible that you just thought of a scary book that was read to you, but probably it was something you saw in a movie that worked over your imagination. Books as well as other things we read may have an effect on our subconscious at the same time, but without the visual stimulus to accompany the text, it is more difficult to get frightened by them. However, all it requires is to see a terrifying monster in the news for two seconds for it to be ingrained on a child's brain for a while. As an adult, perhaps you have watched a scary movie in your own home in the dark, then jumped if you heard a strange noise later your evening? Our adult brains tell us there is nothing to be scared of and that what we see inside the movies is not real. But there is still a part of our subconscious that says, OMG, my house is haunted by malevolent spirits!! So when we hear these noises, we've got flashbacks to the movies we watched. If you were completely cut off through the real world and never watched anything scary in your life, you would have no grounds for your fear.
Watching a lot of horror movies also desensitises us. I cannot dwell on this too much, yet it's true. Here is a prime example: I have seen every "SAW" movie made, and plenty of other gory horror movies. Recently a colleague of mine sent us a link that had videos of people with horribly decaying teeth and other dental problems. I was completely repulsed by it and turned it well within two seconds. Decapitations and humans being tortured in movies however, doesn't bother me in any way. I have been desensitised enough that I would rather see a decapitation than rotten teeth.
Perhaps you have watched a movie or television show that made you re-think your physical appearance at the world? Has been a documentary about the environment, or someone complain about being mistreated by others. Achieved it anger you and cause you to be want to take action? How about something that made you want to change careers? The number of conversations have you had with friends that included the saying: "Oh, I saw that inside a movie once"? Whether we would like to admit it or not, our entertainment choices use a profound effect on how we think and live us. They can have a positive effect or even a negative one. Hopefully there is something you watch which will have a positive impact on you, and not just cause you to afraid of the dark.