Too Scared to Watch TV

Baby in pajamasGrowing up, I was always too sensitive to watch certainly movies. Maybe I should even say “most” movies. Even cartoon violence scared me.

Now, my fear is still similar. When friends or roommates watch The Walking Dead or even a PG movie like Tomorrowland, I cower in my bedroom.

Is this fear good or bad? I am not sure. It certainly makes me an outcast. Now, I just feel lonely and stupid. Poor Anna Rose, too scared to be a big girl. After all, it’s just TV, right?

But what if I have a point? What if all that violence touches a part of me that most people ignore? What if my fear should be listened to instead of silenced?

 

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8 thoughts on “Too Scared to Watch TV

  1. TV shows and movies are designed to put us into a state of trance in order to elicit emotions and draw us into the story. People that have trauma or emotional neglect or abuse from their childhood can be triggered into feeling the fight or flight response by certain emotions being elicited. .
    “Normal” people often enjoy allowing the TV show writers to take control of their feelings and emotions. These people trust that it is safe to do this.

    But you do not feel safe turning over your brain and emotions to the writers of the horror tv shows. It does not feel safe to you because of your past. It could very likely be rooted in early childhood or infant experiences that are not in your conscious memory.

    If you do not feel safe watching certain shows then do not let people talk you into watching them. If they are your real friends they will understand that you have the right to draw emotional boundaries for your own safety and comfort.

    Much love,
    Annie

  2. 80smetalman says:

    The violence is real to you and that’s the main point. Others have no right to criticize you over this.

  3. MEM says:

    I sincerely hope that some of your readers weigh in on this, Miss Rose. It sounds like you are a sensitive soul in the best way possible. You sense evil or danger or fear readily and do not want to subject your mind and spirit to these. That is good. I am sorry that it isolates you. More people should be like you. The world would be a gentler, more beautiful place. Stay true to your recognition of your heart here.

  4. You should listen to your fears. There is no sense in subjecting yourself to stimuli that spark bad feelings. What’s the point of that? On the other hand, you should pay attention to your fears to understand their origins. Great post.
    J

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