When I was first starting to research Media Psychology one of the first most helpful ideas I found was the idea that all media could be placed on a spectrum between super serious and super lighthearted. More importantly, a balance of the two could help with our emotional well-being.
A personal example for how I have practiced Media Mindfulness lately: When overcome with drowsy melancholia I found myself staying up later than healthy and having trouble turning off the TV. Instead of sleeping and regaining my energies (a helpful way to develop the clarity needed to regulate my moods and emotions) I craved the familiar and gloomy 'Jane Eyre' (2011)
This gentle and punish-less game is ideal for those who might need an oasis away from anxiety or stress. Its accessibility, gorgeous design, and stress-free gameplay make it ideal for relaxation and recovery.
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
Here is the start of a series exploring YouTube channels we need. So far this blog has featured games and movies we need; as in games and movies that are useful for learning more about ourselves and broadening our emotional intelligence. But it's time to gear up and descend into the deep, never-ending abyss well … Continue reading The YouTube We Need: Grandma’s Recipes
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
What does it mean to be generous in a relationship? Being generous feels like a duty to give our attention, time, and energy to others. To give our efforts towards pleasing others and to do it gracefully. However, it can be difficult to find a balance. Many of us, saddled by experiences in our childhoods, … Continue reading Thoughts: On Generosity in Relationships
Strangely, "humility" can be seen as both an attractive and undesirable quality. This is for a couple different reasons. In highly individualistic cultures confidence and bombastic charisma are adored, while the reserved and openly vulnerable demeanor of a humble person might seem underwhelming or even a little weak. An appreciation for the humble requires the … Continue reading Thoughts: On Humility
Romantic comedies tend to get overlooked. The general opinion of them is that they are, at best, feel-good fodder, at worst, "chick flicks". We underestimate their impact on viewers, which means some really good movies go unnoticed. About Time is a romantic comedy that offers a lot to its audience and deserves a spot on … Continue reading Movies We Need: About Time