Toronto Sun: Why Scary Movies Clean Out Your Psyche

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Summary of Article

A great horror movie full of gore and suspense can actually be a healthy opportunity for us to purge negative emotions and pent up feelings of aggression – a process called catharsis. Horror movies also tap into our most primal survival instincts and give us an adrenaline rush that quickly keeps us coming back for more. For many, it is simply more acceptable to face our fears in a controlled setting, knowing that the emotion right around the corner will be a euphoric sense of relief. We also revel in knowing that the hero will always triumph.

In this Toronto Sun article, I share why fear as entertainment can be gratifying and healthy for the psyche.

 

Judith Orloff, MD is the New York Times best-selling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People.  Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA and has a TEDX talk with over half a million views. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive HealingExplore more information about empaths and intuition on www.drjudithorloff.com.

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