Movie Therapy, Anyone?
– Yumna Sadiq Hayat
Question: What is worse than having all these unexpressed emotions hauled up inside you?
Answer: To leave those emotions unexpressed inside you.
Life is rough. And I do not need to give you examples of it being so because you probably have plenty of your own. Life is rough and often you find yourself in a number of situations where for some reason or the other you cannot say what you want to, or do what you feel like. What do you do with the feelings of betrayal looming inside over that one assignment you turned in and got a low grade, but that friend who copied your assignment got an A? What about that one time where you wanted to bawl your eyes out because you got dumped by somebody you loved but you had to hold back your tears because you wanted to come across calm and collected…and also because your mascara cost you a limb and a half.
What do you do? Whatever are you to do?
Movie therapy is where you let go of all these angry, bitter, negative emotions because psychologists believe that humans are not the only one with weight; emotions, feelings carry weight too. If you let these feelings pile up inside you, soon enough the pressure would build so much that you are going to burst. Comparing you to a balloon may not be one of the most flattering metaphors, but to get this image correct imagine yourself as a balloon and the air used to blow the balloon are the unexpressed feelings here.
Too much air in the balloon= Balloon bursts
Too many unexpressed feelings inside the person= Person…er…bursts….
So, if you have any pent up feelings inside you, better to get rid of them and fast. There are different ways of doing so and they do not necessarily have to involve punching a wall or yelling into a pillow. While there is nothing wrong with punching a wall or a bag, there are more fun ways of getting rid of feelings without making yourself look like a jerk.
Like watching movies, for instance.
Watching a super sad, tear jerking movie can cause some of those unexpressed emotions out. Crying is immensely helpful in making you feel better. If you feel embarrassed crying in front of people and do not want to pretend as if something got stuck in your eye, it is best to watch movies like Devdas or A Walk to Remember, alone. Preferably with a bucket of your favorite ice cream.
If watching Mandy Moore die is not your thing, watching Freddy Krueger making his way into people’s dreams and killing them off may also help. Apparently sad movies are not your only option as horror flicks can do an equally good trick. The idea behind this is that watching horror movies gets your heart racing and pounding and is going to make you feel something. Our otherwise normal, mundane lifestyles can bore us, but something which shocks our system a little can help in getting some of those buried emotions out in the open.
So next time if someone wags their finger at you for watching too much movies, know in your heart that you are actually doing yourself a favor. Now go grab yourself popcorn and a good movie!