Sad movies can be good for our mental and emotional well-being, but how? It seems like a paradox that we can enjoy being sad, but media psychologists are discovering that sad movies are tools we use to understand and organize our own pain. We learn how to react to pain by watching others, even characters on TV, and we can learn to ease the suffering of others as well.
Hello! Screen Therapy's second video has made it to YouTube! What's the research behind Animal Crossing's therapeutic effect?: https://youtu.be/NGb7S27DbNo Please give it a look and subscribe if you're interested in seeing more about the effects of games, movies, and internet content on our minds and hearts. Thank you! Using Media Psychology, this blog, Screen Therapy, is dedicated … Continue reading New YouTube Video! Animal Crossing + Mental Health
You might feel guilty about the Netflix binge, but don't! Media helps us recover from stress and work strain, but it won't work if you're ashamed of watching TV or playing games...
We've all done things we wish we could take back. Regret can eat away at us for years. How can we make it go away? Surprisingly: Watch a movie!
What Did I Watch and What Did It Teach Me? I want to start checking in what media I watch/play. Almost in the same way I might log calories or track moods. Why? We watch/play media without really thinking about why. We spend dozens of our leisure hours every week interacting with media, soaking up … Continue reading What Am I Learning From Media? – Check-In #1
(This is part of a new series about emotionally intelligent YouTube channels. YouTube can either be addictive or educational; it is in our best interest to learn how to navigate its murky waters so we can use it as a cultural tool for bettering ourselves. The channels recommended in this series can, if we practice mindful watching, … Continue reading YouTube We Need: Sexplanations
It’s difficult to describe Emilia Fart. Self-proclaimed “creepy goblin girl”, Fart uploads embarrassing videos of herself to YouTube as an exhibitionist form of therapy. From here on, it's important to keep in mind: Emilia Fart is NOT a character. The name isn't real, but when you watch her videos, you are watching a real person expressing herself.
If we are ambitious we keep a close eye on the time and an even closer eye on our actions. We are tireless judges scrutinizing every hour and every hobby we have for productive uses. If we fail to justify spending energy on something fun we cut it out, feeling guilty for indulging in it. … Continue reading The Art of Stopping
If we have trouble forgiving small offenses we might find it hard to know the difference between mistakes and betrayals. Something goes wrong and we feel a twinge of panic - we feel overlooked, disrespected, and burdened by our offender. If we're particularly sensitive to others' mistakes our entire days can be soured by someone's … Continue reading Thoughts: On Forgiving the Little Things
The Bad Habit of Multi-Screening Multi-Screening: (v.) The action of using multiple screens (smartphones, laptops, televisions, tablets, etc.) at the same time. I think we've all done this. I definitely do. We want to re-watch a specific movie, but we also want to check social media or play a game. We don't really pay attention to … Continue reading Multi-Screening: My Bad Habit