Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that I have repeatedly watched—to some degree—the same movie each night before going to bed. Oftentimes, I cut straight to my favorite parts and mouth choice lines even before they grace my iPad’s screen. Other times, the film simply serves as ambient noise while I fall asleep.
Have you ever had a similar experience? Stopped to reflect: Why this particular movie considering you have watched so many others?
According to Scientific American writer Sunny Sea Gold, people tend to “use familiar entertainment to measure how their lives have changed in positive ways.” While in a study conducted by Cristel Antonia Russell as cited in Gold (2012) on people who had “recently ‘reconsumed’ a book, movie, or vacation spot,” it was gleamed that the respondents engage in familiar activities due to the comfort that they will receive from it (e.g., excitement, laughter, relaxation, etc.).
In addition, the respondents also “gained personal insight” and some measure of “growth” based whenever they watched the rerun or jumped back into that familiar book.
What was your personal insight? Was it a positive or negative one?
Why not get a pen and paper and jot down some notes today.
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