Psychology and TV Series. (Spoiler Alert!)
This column was created with the intention of proposing, of course in hypothetical form, a psychological analysis of the characters and the plots of some well-known TV series.
The world of cinema and television, as well as that of literature, have always spoken to us about psychology. The world of TV series in the last decade has had an exponential development. The widespread diffusion of the internet, the proliferation of streaming sites and platforms such as Netflix, which has landed in Italy only in recent years but was already very popular in the United States, have started a massive phenomenon.
In some cases this has led to problems of real behavioral addiction, recently referred to as binge watching. In other cases led to episodes of idealization by the spectators. This was the case recently happened for the Italian TV series, Gomorra, where an actor was threatened after staging the murder of a child.
The power of a story
TV series are exciting. Real emotional catalysts. And indeed the experience of a streamer is precisely that of an affection to the story, to the characters, or simply an addiction (in a good sense) to the abundance and availability of stories to follow.
Simply, you just need a computer and a connection to open the doors on a massively sized universe. Just a click away.
You can evaluate the phenomenon with different degrees of sophistication and critical thinking.
You may want to watch one or more TV series without giving it too much importance. Simply sit back and watch one, two, three episodes, often one after the other if they are not of excessive duration.
Not quite different to reading some chapter of a book, at the end.
Perception versus imagination.
Sensory channels not entirely overlapping, but not too far apart, as researcher have shown.
May not want compulsive readersto hate me, but from a cognitive and a neuropsychological perspective, the two experiences are quite similar.
Of course watching a series episode, even having in mind a slight or a passive disposition, is never just that. By telling stories of people, the series touch us closely, they stimulate us to reflect on aspects that are present in our lives too.
It is not uncommon to meet people who launch themselves in psychological dissertations about the characters, while keeping well in mind the right distance between fiction and real life.
This is perhaps the healthiest way to see a TV series.
Take a lesson, or simply sharpen your judgement on psychological and social issues which we encounter or we may stumble upon. Still keeping objectivity. Considering that some stories are tainted by skipped contractual agreements, or experimentations of screenwriters, by volutes in writing.
The psychologist’s look at TV series is of course a look of this second type.
Psychology and TV Series
This space wants to open up to reflections from a less serious mood tenor and wants to stimulate new ones, so I invite you to raise objections, add unread nuances, enrich my content through your personal comments.
As summarized by the title, this column inevitably reveals the development of the plots (Spoiler Alert!). That said… Good reading!