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 the 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 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 reaction during the end credits of the film. Everybody was like crying or waiting for the after credits clip, that usually included in the MCU movies since 2008. The audience’s emotional behaviour made me read some researchers and ask this question, why do we get so attached to the movie’s fictional characters? Read More …

Why Do We Lie to Ourselves Most of The Times?

Why Do We Lie to Ourselves Most of The Times?
By Ahmad Amirali

As a teacher, I often observed that students always have their reasons ready for their incomplete homework or their bad behaviour in classrooms. We, teachers, know that almost all these reasons and excuses are nothing but small lies generated in a specific mind frame of students. Interestingly the case is similar to us adults as well. We often, or almost all the time, give excuses to our bad behaviour or bad encounters in our daily lives. However, we often find ourselves defending our lies in front of others and considering it normal behaviour. I called this a motivated false belief wrapped with a fabric of our false hopes and expectations. The question is, why we engage in a practice where we create false promises to ourselves and become part of that drama? Read More …

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? Read More …

The Art of Metaphors and Similes

The Art of Metaphors and Similes

We humans often use examples to convey our thoughts to other people. Examples help us better articulate our thoughts and make sense to others and the majority of times we use metaphoric language in our conversations. Why we use metaphors and how it helps us and others to understand any idea or thought better.

Jane Hirshfield explains how do metaphors help us better understand the world? And, what makes a good metaphor? She explores these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg, who have mastered the art of bringing a scene or emotion to life. Read More …

Why Do We Like to Watch Horror Movies?

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

There are people whom I know do not like to watch, even the trailer of, the horror movies. 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, obviously, not that simple. First of all, we need to see that there is a variety of genre exist in the horror franchise. One of the genres is, which I am not a great fan of, the archetypal ‘slasher’ movies. Slasher movies are the one depicting 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 major 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 some of the examples from these genres. However, I am not writing this article on the genre of horror movies; I am more concern about ‘Why people do like to watch horror movies? Read More …

Why Do We Get Mad at People for No Reason?

Why Do We Get Mad at People for No Reason?
By Ahmad Amirali

There are instances in our lives when we get so much angry that we sometimes forget every single ethics of our lives. As a result of which we ended up in guilt for our entire lives.  Being a teacher, I also experience this behaviour in my students during my sessions. At first, I always blame my lesson plan for being bored or not engaging enough for my students. However, after reading handful of studies, couple of, or I can more than 10s of, counselling session with students and their parents I concluded that not always teacher’s lesson plan is held responsible for students’ irritated behaviour. The question is what makes so much turbulent on anyone, or with our loved ones, that we hurt them so badly because of our attitude? Read More …