Television And Movies Along with their Lasting Effects On Our Psyche


Some movies (and television shows) make us laugh or cry, while others make us take more notice of the world around us. Perhaps you have watched a film that made you angry about every one of the injustices in the world? What about a movie that got you curious about a subject you wouldn't have already been interested in otherwise? Have you ever heard a bump at and thought about the horror movie you saw the night before? Good Television shows and movies stick with us long after we have finished watching them. Even if you think you have forgot by what you watched right after viewing it, often it only takes one little thing to be ripped out of our subconsciousness.

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20 years ago I had my "Indian phase" in which I came to be heavily interested in Native American history after watching the video "Dances with Wolves". I re-decorated my living area with Native American artwork, including feathers, pelts as well as a tomahawk. For Christmas that year I had been given the score on the movie. I played it continuously, and that soundtrack in turn sparked my fascination with classical music. This specific movie may not have had exactly the same impact on you as it did on me, however i bet if you think back far enough it will be possible to recall one that did. Think back to your childhood. Do you play cowboys and Indians? Was there a specific show that made you would like to chase your friends which has a plastic six shooter or wear a head dress??

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What to do now about scary movies? I'm sure you can think of several times whenever you were a child that you heard a noise and it frightened you. What do you think the noise was? A monster of some type or a demon? What images filled your face while you hid beneath the covers? It is possible that you just thought of a scary book which was read to you, but most likely it was something you saw in a movie that worked over your imagination. Books and also other things we read will surely have an effect on our subconscious as well, but without the visual stimulus to accompany the words, it is more difficult to become frightened by them. However, all it requires is to see a terrifying monster on television for two seconds it to be ingrained on a child's brain for a while. As an adult, have you watched a scary movie in your house in the dark, then jumped when you heard a strange noise later your evening? Our adult brains show there is nothing to be frightened of and that what we see within the movies is not real. However, there is still a part of our subconscious saying, OMG, my house is haunted by malevolent spirits!! And when we hear these noises, we have flashbacks to the movies we watched. Had you been completely cut off through the real world and never watched anything scary in your own life, you would have no grounds for your fear.

Watching way too many horror movies also desensitises us. I can't dwell on this too much, yet it's true. Here is a prime example: I've come across every "SAW" movie made, and tons of other gory horror movies. The other day a colleague of mine sent me a link that had a video of people with horribly decaying teeth and also other dental problems. I was completely repulsed because of it and turned it off within two seconds. Decapitations and humans being tortured in movies alternatively, doesn't bother me in any way. I have been desensitised enough that I would rather see a decapitation than rotten teeth.

Have you ever watched a movie or tv program that made you re-think your physical appearance at the world? Could have been a documentary concerning the environment, or about someone being mistreated by others. Made it happen anger you and make you want to take action? How about something that made you would like to change careers? What number of conversations have you had with friends that included the phrase: "Oh, I saw that within a movie once"? Whether you want to admit it or not, our entertainment choices have a profound effect on the way you think and live our everyday life. They can have a positive effect or possibly a negative one. Hopefully there's something you watch that may have a positive influence on you, and not just allow you to afraid of the dark.