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 a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates 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 Asia. 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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