On the private and public forms of entertainment and the psychological mechanisms in entertainment
Playing with our mates is a personal form of entertainment, whereas watching a movie on the screen is a more general form of entertainment, since we are sharing the experience with many others. Playing with our mates is a personal form of entertainment, whereas watching a movie on the screen is a more general form of entertainment, since we are sharing the experience with many others.
There seems to be a basic contradiction between public forms of entertainment, which are generally less interactive, and personal forms of entertainment, which are more interactive; whereas public forms are more personal and private. Television programs have been increasing audience participation in the program, yet the interaction patterns between entertainers and viewers in any public entertainment scenario remain within strict limits and boundaries, resulting in a changing scenario.
Entertainment that is more public or provided by the media, such as films, theatre, music, and all forms of creative art, is especially true. By transporting us to a world of fantasy, both films and theatre capture our attention and keep us engrossed, as if we are part of an alternate reality. The modern world has an extreme craze for celebrity culture, which can be explained by the psychology of entertainment. This includes various forms of entertainment, such as magazine stories and gossip, as well as celebrity culture itself.
For some people, knowing every move of celebrities could bring immense satisfaction, as it would almost mean participating in the world of fantasies that celebrities seem to open up. Escaping into fantasies can be therapeutic, as they help to overcome frustrations and provide a reprieve from the realities of life. Escaping into fantasies can be therapeutic, as they help to overcome frustrations and provide a reprieve from the realities of life.
It's almost as if participating in any book, film or creative art is like sitting in a recliner chair that provides a soothing sensation while you relax. Although we may be very alert and awake while watching a movie, entertainment gives us the illusion of not actively participating, since we do not have the opportunity to voluntarily become involved in the scenario. Although we may be very alert and awake while watching a movie, entertainment gives us the illusion of not actively participating, since we do not have the opportunity to voluntarily become involved in the scenario.
Viewers can experience strong emotional reactions such as happiness, sorrow, anxiety, and fear through entertainment, without needing to engage in any physical activity. Entertainment is the main attraction as it allows us to experience both active (emotionally) and passive (physically or mentally) involvement in the active-passive process. Films, as a form of entertainment, have an influential yet subtle effect on the human mind which is more powerful than any aggressive forms of influence. Although both involve some form of emotional involvement, we view work as a duty and entertainment as a pleasure. Along with emotional involvement, work requires voluntary participation, decision making, and physical involvement.
Why is work perceived as something heavy, whereas entertainment is seen as a way of relaxation? The unpredictability is the answer. Most of the time, when it comes to entertainment, we don't know what to expect from a movie or a music video. The uncertainty of this mental journey piques our curiosity as we are unable to foresee what feelings will be aroused. Adventure, both mental and emotional, is often found in entertainment. The unpredictability is the answer. If a video game gave us a pleasurable feeling or evoked aggression and competitiveness, we would likely return to experience that same emotion again, as it was pleasurable or exciting. If these forms of entertainment are stretched too far, they could easily become addictive.
Despite the emotional involvement in entertainment, there is a clear distinction between work and play; work involves responsibility and problem-solving or decision-making, whereas entertainment does not. This is why entertainment is so pleasurable, as it only activates the pleasure sensations and emotions in the hypothalamus and other left brain activities, without engaging the cortical regions of the brain responsible for problem-solving and decision-making.
Although we are rational beings, emotions often dictate our lives and form the basis of our being, as they compel us to do things that may not be logically sound. People's lives are heavily impacted by entertainment, which primarily elicits emotion rather than reason. The stages of interest to emotional involvement and finally addiction can be transitioned through by appreciating any forms of entertainment. Entertainment is now appreciated in its last stages, leading to the rise of celebrity culture.
There may be a substantial lack of differentiation between fantasy and reality, leading to an interest in celebrities being driven by an emotional involvement with characters in movies. As a result, fans of celebrities may be more in love with the characters these celebrities play or the traits they project rather than the actual personalities of the celebrities themselves. People seem to be constantly discussing all aspects of celebrities, from their shoes and hairstyle to the cars they possess, in a way that transports them to a fantasy world. An important element in the study of fantasy would be the individual need to escape reality and identify with someone in a fantasy world, which could explain this sort of culture.
the underlying source of entertainment.
Many psychological aspects of active-passive participation in emotional or mental adventure can be uncovered through the study of entertainment, and these could be the underlying source of its appeal.
The strong identification viewers often feel with characters in movies or figures in art helps explain the value of entertainment. As they begin identifying with movie characters, young children have been seen to imitate film stars.
People's need for fantasy provides entertainment and gives them an escape from the real world. People could develop reality anxiety due to an addiction to entertainment.
Entertainment can often evoke memories of the past for individuals, reminding them of parts of their lives that they may have forgotten, and sometimes even bring out their inner child. It may be that older people become addicted to video games, due to the fact that it brings back memories of their childhood.
Entertainment can be seen as a form of sublimation for our impulsive desires, particularly when we partake in it as an act of artistic interpretation.
Individuals who engage in non-participative and passive forms of entertainment often use it as a form of escapism, displacing their emotions from real people to characters in movies instead. A teenager in love with a girl whom he cannot attain may, for example, fall in love with a character from a movie who has similar qualities to his dream girl.
The interplay of many ego defense mechanisms, as delineated by Freud, in entertainment suggests that it is more than just a source of pleasure, and could instead trigger complex psychological processes in the human mind. A comprehensive understanding of the benefits or detriments of entertainment in contemporary society would necessitate further research in this area of psychology.