I’ll be honest I haven’t been able to get through an episode of This Is Us without crying but then again I cry at commercials. What TV shows have made you cry?
According to new research crying over a TV show is good for you, becoming attached to TV characters is ok. Psychologists call them parasocial relationships, or one-directional, because it’s a one way type of relationship. Benefits can include a boost in self-esteem, decreased loneliness and a feeling of belonging.
Other research has shown that watching meaningful TV shows with human emotion and compassion makes people kinder and more altruistic toward others who are different from them.
So go ahead and let it out.