I Know It’s Not Real… But
It’s so easy to get caught up in a tv show, and fall in love with the characters.
So easy. And then when the unthinkable happens we feel lost and alone, like our world will never be the same.
Because of a character on TV who isn’t real. We don’t have coffee with them, share our deepest darkest secrets – yet still when our favourite tv character dies – we kinda lose our minds.
And research says, it’s ok and you’re not alone. According to an article on Huffington Post – there’s a reason.
A study found that if you’re a fan of a show, and your favourite character dies, you can feel a strong sense of loss. Robert Rowney of the Cleveland Clinic says there’s a psychological reason we get so attached to fictional characters.
“These characters are an escape from some of the stresses of life,”
“You’re exposed to different aspects of the characters’ lives — their losses, their loves and their own griefs, everything that goes into the human condition — and you eventually begin to empathize with them and form an attachment. We see some of ourselves in them.”
If you’re invested enough, the death of a character is going to be very real to you.”
“Tons of people felt affected by the loss of that character,” he said. “Having some tearfulness, feeling upset by it — that’s absolutely normal.”
I think back to some of the characters I’ve lost. Spoiler Alert:
McDreamy. I still won’t accept it. And it’s going to take some time to work up to. Matthew from Downton Abbey. But I think it was Jax Teller from Son’s of Anarchy that hit me the hardest. It took me weeks to get that through my head — but I think because we binge watched the show, it was like I was part of their world. So much so I asked for a SOA sweatshirt for Christmas. I see you shaking your head.. it’s alright. I do it too.
From Entertainment Weekly — 36 Most Shocking TV Deaths (yes there could be spoilers)