Category: Human Behavior

Why Do We Get So Attached to The Movie’s Fictional Characters?

Why Do We Get So Attached to The Movie’s Fictional Characters?
By Ahmad Amirali

I recently watch Marvel’s latest Avengers: Endgame with my friends. I like the storyline, and all the action sequences, above all Marvel’s characters, are grouped up in this movie. We all know that the Endgame is the last movie of its Avenger’s franchise, and it is evident pretty much in every scene of the film. Many lead characters are now dead or getting old, which gave us the impression that the future marvel world will now be in the hands of new generations of heroes. However, I am not writing this article to provide you with my reflections about the Endgame movie. Instead, I observed people’s reactions during the end credits of the film. Everybody was like crying or waiting for the post-credits clip, usually included in the MCU movies since 2008. The audience’s emotional behaviour made me read some researchers and ask why we get so attached to the movie’s fictional characters? Continue reading “Why Do We Get So Attached to The Movie’s Fictional Characters?”

Stage Fright: Why Do We Fear Public Speaking

Stage Fright: Why Do We Fear Public Speaking
By Ahmad Amirali

Once my teacher told me, when I was in school, to go in front of the class and describe what good and bad conductors of electricity are. As the subject of science was one of my favourite subjects, I gathered all my strength and went to the podium which was placed in the middle of our lecture room. My hands were full of sweat, heart tumbling inside-out, stomach knots and having a strong urge to cry out loud. I realised that speaking randomly to people is much different than speaking in front of the same people. Why would I afraid of talking in front of people whom I met and talked every day? Continue reading “Stage Fright: Why Do We Fear Public Speaking”

To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure

To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure

I remember my childhood when my mom always reminded me that failure was not an option in my exams. This philosophy is still running in many homes, but the competition is now getting much fiercer than before. Now, the race is not against the pass or fail but of achieving higher grades and test scores. Nowadays, students were under more pressure than students twenty years ago. Moreover, this parental desire to see their kids shine leaves little room for children to make their own mistakes and learn from them. The question is, what would be the lifelong threats for a child who is overprotected by their parent? Is overcontrolling a hazard to their mental and social growth? Continue reading “To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure”

Why Do We Like to Watch Horror Movies?

Why Do We Like to Watch Horror Movies?
By Ahmad Amirali

There are people I know who do not like to watch horror movies, not even the trailer. The reason is simple, fear. However, I also know many people who are addicted to these scary films. Why? My friends and students mostly ask me, ‘do you like horror movies, especially watching at midnight?’ My answer to them is not that simple. First of all, we need to see that a variety of genres exist in the horror franchise. One of the genres I am not a great fan of is the archetypal ‘slasher’ movies. Slasher movies depict a series of violent murders or assaults by an attacker armed with a knife or razor — for example, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc. Then there is a bit of ‘schlock’ or cheap horror where the central part of the movie contains action or suspense — for example, David Cronenberg’s films Scanners and The Fly. There is a genre of ‘psychological horror’ where suspense and action go side by side with the story and create a chilling sensation in the viewer’s mind. Movies like Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan, The Conjuring or The Nun are examples of these genres. However, I am not writing this article on the genre of horror movies; I am more concerned about ‘Why people do like to watch horror movies? Continue reading “Why Do We Like to Watch Horror Movies?”