The Psychology Behind Entertainment
The concept of entertainment is revolved around the concept of happiness , the drive towards happiness is because of the passion and inner attractions towards our behavior which make us happy. So purely entertainment is to stay happy and move out temporarily from our daily mechanical life. It is also to provide some time to our mind to reboot and start the next period of our life with a fresh outlook.
CLASSIFICATION OF ENTERTAINMENT
There are broadly two types. One is the long period entertainment and other is short period entertainment. Examples of long period are, going for a weekend party with friends, travelling for few days, going for a football match. Some people call this as enjoyment, but the motivation to enjoy is to get entertained by friends, nature and the game. The psychology behind this is that, people want to take break and enjoy their time until they are satisfied. Some forms of entertainment are driven by desires, like; people pay money on demand for what they desire in life. This can also be classified as entertainment because it gives them some satisfaction after they get it.
Book reading is also an entertainment for many. The drive here is they are ardent readers. It’s like a coffee shot, a caffeine rush. They are used to it and the books attract them.
All these are showcased in their behavior. People often get excited whenever they know they are going to do their favorite stuff, their mind gets diverted once the time approaches and after they enjoy, we can see that satisfaction in their eyes.
WHEN IT TAKES THE FORM OF ADDICTION
Well it’s good until u have control over things that we like. Once this control is overridden, then our entertainment starts controlling us. We can never be satisfied with what we do. A weekend pub visit may turn out to be every night’s attendance. Similarly people may become movie freaks or social media addicts. People may become extensive novel readers and totally forget about their academic subjects. All these are ill effects of use of entertainment. Then our behaviour and mindset will turn out to be desperate and we stay unsatisfied in life. The science behind those minds using entertainment for relaxation and happiness explains us the need for rebooting our mind not for re framing our mind to remain slaves to the entertainment industry.
The psychological study of entertainment gives us a fair idea that mind should have control over our actions and thoughts. Maintaining discipline in life will also include having cheat day in our time table. However it should not make way for addiction and desperation. Happiness is the need for entertainment and this happiness is derived from our passions. Hence our passions define our scope of entertainment.