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Choosing Healthy Movies and TV For Yourself and Your Family

By Raymond Ezilon.com articles Published 09/27/2008 | Health , Self Improvement
Even though you may not be aware of it, what you watch in the Movies or on TV can have a tremendous amount if impact on your emotional health.  Aside from violence promoting aggression, there are many other responses that are as harmful to your well being.  By knowing what to avoid, you will go a long way toward reducing stress and developing a healthier response to a number of issues in your life.

Perhaps some of the most damaging content comes from live talk shows.  Unfortunately, when you sit there and watch people crying, screaming obscenities at each other, or otherwise losing control of themselves, you may also be feeling the same negative emotions.  You may even find that your own emotional responses will begin to change to less healthy patterns.  Therefore, if you are going to watch these programs, it is crucial to see how you feel before and after watching.  If you feel depressed, upset, or unhappy, it is time to try watching something else.

In some cases you may feel that it is not possible to be influenced by live talk shows.  That said, these programs are distinctly different from fictional content.  Among other things, when you watch a show that is clearly fiction, it is easy enough to remind yourself of that fact.  This, in turn, makes it possible to detach from mimicking a wide range of behaviors.  On the other hand, when you watch a talk show, you cannot simply say it is an act, or something written for the sake of entertainment.  As a result, there is a subtle unconscious signal that this type of behavior has more value than your own normal pattern.  Therefore, even if the coping methods are negative ones, you may be more inclined to adopt them.

When choosing what to watch, it is important to find things that will help you feel better.  As an example, if humor is missing from your life, it would be of benefit to choose a comedy.  That said, you will also need to monitor other aspects of the program for troublesome content.  You may eventually come to the conclusion that taped programs from years ago is a better option than tuning into modern programming.   

As our society comes to rely more and more on mental health services, it is becoming abundantly clear that movies and TV contribute to unhealthy coping patterns.  While many pundits target violent movies and TV programs, it is also important to realize that live talk shows can be far more dangerous.  At the very least, if you are going to watch something for the sake of entertainment, it is best to choose something that will make you feel uplifted and happier.