Let's take a look and determine if some of your favorites are doing you more harm than their escape from reality provides in benefits.
I've been surprised lately that so many movies and TV shows are violence, betrayal and fear-based. Unfortunately, that's what sells so it also says a lot about our society, beliefs and stress levels. Even children's shows are extremely violent and it doesn't matter to the subconscious mind (where emotions are stored) whether or not the character is a cartoon or actor playing a part - the message is the same and heightens feelings of insecurity in our daily lives.
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- How can a woman feel secure in a relationship when she's feeding herself a constant diet of shows that include infidelity?
- How can a woman feel safe sending her kids to school with all of the newscasts that make school shooters into celebrities, giving them the attention they committed the crime to get?
- How can a woman feel comfortable walking down the street or dating someone new when so many shows put doubts in her mind about safety?
When we buy into all the violence and cheating, it's impossible to feel secure anywhere, ever; not in our homes, jobs, marriages or sending our kids to school.
Although I have my fun, favorite, go-to shows like classic Friends episodes, Modern Family and The Neighbors that always make me laugh, I've also been watching Revenge for the actors I like, the intrigue and brain workout I get in my attempt to keep up with the elaborate storyline. And I have noticed I feel tense even before it comes on. And do I really need to be thinking about the plot to do someone in the next day during my Positive Women Rock workday?
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Reality TV shows (cast to create conflict for ratings) raise my stress level too although I find them to be good character studies and fascinating when it comes to human behavior. Cast members show up one way (the way they want people to see them) in the beginning and slowly or not-so-slowly fall apart into who they truly are as a person and usually nothing like they first portrayed themselves to be and others emerge as someone who is authentic, loving, helpful and would make a great friend.
As positive women practicing positive lifestyles, we focus on raising our energy (vibration) to get (and stay) out of a rut and in our groove so it's vital to pay attention to the environments we put ourselves in. You will see in my article, "Take A Vacation; Boost Your Libido," that we are in stress mode (fight or flight) much more often than our bodies were designed to handle. Therefore, when we choose our entertainment from a collection of stressful, fear-based TV shows and movies, we perpetuate the issue of insecurity in women - including our own.