If you love horror movies: here's how they affect your psyche

By Jurassic JennJun 17, 2024 20:34 PMPsychology
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If you love horror movies
If you love horror movies. Source: za.ign.com

Horror movies have millions of loyal fans who love to tickle their nerves by watching scary scenes. Such movies excite the mind, but their effect on the body is not limited to this.

The online publication SSPDaily found out about the deeper consequences of watching horror movies for the psyche and the brain in general. Here is what doctors told journalists about this.

Unfortunately, horror movies are far from harmless. Their regular viewing can cause serious mental disorders.

In particular, it can cause:

  • Post-traumatic stress in people with sensitive psyches or PTSD-like symptoms.
  • Increased fear and paranoia. They can also exacerbate an existing panic attack. These feelings can interfere with real-life situations, making it difficult to concentrate and experiencing haunting images from a horror movie.
  • Depression and mood swings due to negative emotions experienced while watching the movie. Constant exposure to disturbing content can aggravate them over time and lead to more serious problems.

Healthy alternatives to horrors

Fortunately, there are healthy movies that don't kill our brains and nervous systems.

These are:

  • Comedies. As you know, laughter is the best medicine. Such films have a positive effect on the mental state and promote the release of the hormone of happiness, endorphin.
  • Drama series and romantic dramas are the best alternative to horror because they are emotional and relaxing.
  • Adventure or fantasy movies. This genre takes us to imaginary realities and allows us to get rid of stress without any extra effort.
  • Documentaries and educational films that stimulate the mind and IQ. Learning something new is always fun and interesting.

How to watch horror movies correctly

If you've read the above but are still going to continue watching horror movies, here are some tips on how to do it wisely:

  • Moderation is key in this matter. Don't watch scary movies too often or for too long for you not to get used to them and lose your sensitivity.
  • Know your limits. Pay attention to how certain scenes make you feel. If some parts cause excessive anxiety and make you afraid or nervous, it's okay to skip them.
  • Watch them during the day. If you watch this kind of movie, it is better to do it during the day. This way, the scary characters will lose some of their influence on you, and your sleep will improve.
  • Don't watch them alone. It's better to watch them in a company, which will prevent you from losing your sense of reality.
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