I Know It’s Not Real… But

Published On April 30, 2015 | By Carrie Buchanan |

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.

Why We Grieve Fictional Characters

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)


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