Stories and Their Predictable Patterns

The genre of drama is comfortably predictable and our brains eat this up because of the pleasure it brings from its symmetry and completion.

Our brains release mood-impacting neurotransmitters such as cortisol, dopamin, and oxytocin whenever we react to the challenges, twists, and happy resolutions of the narrative arc, thus providing an emotionally satisfying journey.

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How Period Dramas Soothe and Inspire

psychologytoday.com

Many popular dramas focus on how relatable the characters are since we all yearn to connect and desire to be loved authentically and unconditionally. For women, the appeal lies in well-written characters with a complex social milieu, because the characters have spunk and are not just objects of beauty.

Dramas also center around the emotional intricacy of human relationships, the ability to overcome challenges, and more.

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We are social animals that are more often than not, inherently curious about others. We find out about others by observing their behaviors and seeing how certain decisions pan out.

Works of fiction allow us to be voyeurs and participants emotionally and virtually. We then visualize, sometimes fantasize, the ambience of wealth and royalty because dramas allow us to be members of an exclusive world, for a short period of time.

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  • Amplified emotional investment on certain characters thus enhancing our ability to drill personal meaning from the narrative;
  • The ability to express love and affection strengthens our willpower -- which also enhances self-efficacy and self-esteem;
  • When we connect with the characters it also brings us personal validation and inspiration; and
  • The behaviors and choices we see can become a part of our mental inventory of thoughts and actions.

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  • Watching dramas can affect us because they are extremely pleasurable to watch.
  • It gives us a place to go when life gets hard, something like a comfortable blanket, that allows us to rest and regroup our thoughts.
  • Stories, lest we forget, makes us think about big issues and even scary ideas. They give us hope and optimist for the future and encourage us to believe in ourselves, and in what we can accomplish.
  • The universal truths in fiction can shift our perspective and making us feel a little more equipped to deal with life's challenges.

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