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Immersion in fictional worlds allows us to own our dark side | Psyche Ideas

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Dismissing our dark side

We strive to see ourselves as 'good' and feel, deep down, that we are fundamentally honest and moral. We tend to dismiss the idea that darkness could lie within us.

Research shows that we avoid others who seem similar to us but 'bad' in some way, such as learning about...

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People feel comfortable exploring perspectives in fiction that would be too disturbing in real life.

Studies show that people who possess a specific trait seem more drawn to fictional villains who show the same trait. For example, intelligent participants were drawn to...

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When it comes to fictional villains, people are drawn to villains that are similar to them. This is because fictional villains are harmless.

But when watching fictional villains in a social context, people are less likely to identify with the villain, fearing they may be ...

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