Can TV change who a person really is?

Over the years we have all enjoyed watching Television as part as spending time with loved ones or family. But what if some shows are affecting the mentality of young people. This isn't to target a set age group but being affected by something we've seen can cause our minds to react in different ways. For example: An elderly man could watch the Batman series and think he's Batman for a certain amount of time and then act as a super hero. This is what we know as a craze. A craze is where someone becomes fixated by something or someone by over idolizing that character or person.

It can become quite dangerous depending on the level of advancement the person goes through and what they're fixated on. However; for children who are very young, this is normal as they go in and out of favorites on a weekly basis. It doesn't mean you have to take away their favorite superheroes or villain or anything of the sort but if you can monitor and regulate the situation it's better and distresses the person less.

Getting through the problem

The best way is to sit and talk about the problem as a family or a couple. There are ways that specialists can help and can solve the issues. Television is a powerful tool of knowledge and entertainment but for a vulnerable person it could be a way to escape the daily struggle for them.

This all depends on the person and their mentality. Another example is hearing children claiming they'll self-harm because they've seen their favorite actor do it on TV. Everything that is on TV that is a drama or a soap such as Ripper Street or Hollyoaks is all staged and injuries are created with specialist makeup for every scene created for viewing.

Everything around television is to either educate or entertain. But for those worries about your loved ones or friends becoming over fixated on the characters it's best to reduce the time they have watching the shows and talk to a specialist.

*Note - This article is simply to make the public aware of character fixations not to give any medical advise other than to talk to specialists.