Do you get attached to characters in your favorite shows? Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., talks to elite daily about why this is normal!
You would think someone who studied fiction in college would be capable of separating herself from what’s real and what’s not, but according to experts, it’s not the fantasy of a TV show that draws you in, but the very real emotions actors and actresses portray that get you hooked. Doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Danielle Forshee, Psy.D., reassures it’s perfectly normal for someone to become attached to fictional characters on TV because of how our brain recognizes human emotion.
“When there’s a character that you feel emotionally connected to, despite the character’s personality likely not being who they really are in the real world,” she tells Elite Daily, “your brain recognizes the human emotion they are portraying and starts to feel connected to those characters.” As a result of this, Forshee explains, “a bond begins to form.”
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