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RatCreature ([personal profile] ratcreature) wrote2018-12-29 01:53 pm
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why are brains so ridiculous?

Mine currently responds to even slightly suspenseful moments in fiction, even ones that I know will be okay, like in romance, with a strong urge to abort and avoid in favor of weird displacement activities, like playing a some game or making a cup of tea or scrolling through Tumblr.

I already read soothing, fluffy things, what more does it want? These phases are very annoying, and disruptive for immersive reading.
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[personal profile] marcelo 2018-12-29 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Ugh. Sometimes empathy goes beyond the call of duty and becomes harmful. (Insert Will Graham joke here.)
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[personal profile] marcelo 2018-12-29 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
*nods* That's the problem with brains, they can be very bright at being very stupid.
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[personal profile] sillimarilli 2018-12-30 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Too funny. When I saw your post I was going to ask you if you had an embarrassment squick, too.

Yep, right there with you. I still have? *checks browser tabs* Yep, still have a tab open to the Outlaw King on Netflix. As much as the story is my jam, just couldn't keep watching as the plot was ramping up. I had to go google the story and find out the ending, and I still haven't gone back to it. It fluctuates with my stress levels and how much gross, evil stuff is happening in world out there.

I've had an embarrassment squick since I was a young child. All that humor based on people making fools of themselves - can't do it.

Can you take shows in which people are just flat out mean to each other all the time, like Seinfeld? or Larry David?

I end up taking refuge in shows in which, yes there's conflict, but people care about each other: Leverage, Good Place, Elementary
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[personal profile] sholio 2018-12-29 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah; while I don't have that problem exactly, I've noticed a shift in my own reading preferences lately, to wanting to be spoiled for whether the outcome of a story is going to be happy or not. I used to prefer being surprised and basically be okay with ambiguous/bittersweet endings (as long as it wasn't too horribly bleak) but oh man, now I just want everything to work out for everybody, and I get terribly anxious if I'm not sure.

[personal profile] armadillo1976 2019-01-29 12:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I thought it was just me, so in that sense I'm glad you are experiencing this, because it makes me feel not-alone. But also I hope this passes soon, both in you and in me, because yeah, this gets ridiculous. I now have to read episode guides and what not for every silly thing I watch. My husband, who watches with me, finds it incredible - we literally have to stop mid-scene for me to google what happens next. And we're not talking wild suspense here, no no. Somebody _might_ say something slightly unpleasant in the movie/series, this is what suffices to trigger it. Aaaanyway. Hope you get better soon in this regard and me too, because the amount of fiction and TV this eliminates is too much to accept.