Do you cry during movies? What kind of movies make you cry?
And more importantly, do you like crying during movies? I have a friend who watches only sad movies. In a way, she feels that if she goes through this misery watching a movie, she might be ready to cope with it in real life too. It is her way of protecting herself from bad things: if she cries during a movie, she won’t have to cry in real life.
It could be related to believing in destiny, too. Let’s say that someone has a particular amount of crying to do in their life. If they do it for not so important things, they pay for it in advance. There was something similar in the book I’ve been reading lately. It’s about China in the early 1900s. The daughter-in-law, married to the first son of the family (the most important heir), was upset because her mother-in-law gave her nephews better and more expensive gifts, while she gave her child only old clothes that used to belong to her husband. Her mother-in-law explained that the boy is destined to have a rich and happy life, so they shouldn’t waste his fate by giving him everything while he’s still so young. Maybe it’s a weird way of thinking, but interesting nonetheless.
However, many specialists agree that people like watching movies, and especially series, about other people’s problems because this helps them forget their own problems for a while.
What do you think about it?