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 bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Her companion book Thriving as an Empath offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people along with The Empath’s Empowerment Journal. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She blends the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her 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, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Gateway Asia. Her other books are Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for Businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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