Researchers say fans of horror films and other post-apocalyptic movies are handling the real-life fear brought by the coronavirus pandemic better than others.
A team in the United States and Denmark finds horror flick enthusiasts are experiencing less psychological distress due to COVID-19. In addition to horror films, movies that fall into the “prepper genres” are also helping people mentally prepare for the disruptions they’re encountering every day. These genres include alien invasions, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic scenarios, and zombie films.
“One reason that horror use may correlate with less psychological distress is that horror fiction allows its audience to practice grappling with negative emotions in a safe setting,” researchers suggest. “Experiencing negative emotions in a safe setting, such as during a horror film, might help individuals hone strategies for dealing with fear and more calmly deal with fear-eliciting situations in real life.”
Reading this makes me feel better about my life choices.
For years, I have always video-recorded to my web site. my classes, and then posted the recordings on the Internet for them to watch whenever they wanted to.
I used to tell the students the videos were a great cure for insomnia, but now it looks like there is a new use.
Watching me teach accounting might be lumped into the horror genre, and as such, could be the perfect film to watch if you are feeling stressed out about COVID-19.
Who knew that my relentless droning on and on in a monotone voice about debits and credits could assist people with their mental health.
I’m hoping Dr. Fauci will give me a shout-out…
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