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Recently I was watching a playthrough of a highly recommended video game on YouTube, and I noticed that the adrenaline boost — from the tension and excitement — caused some changes in mood, but also some inner turbulence. There was some attachment to the game’s story, some desire to see certain outcomes in the game.
I found it quite challenging to determine exactly what was going on inside, but I could tell that it wasn’t really conducive to inner peace. So I was wondering what exactly was causing the discomfort — what precisely was causing the turmoil. I haven’t noticed the same thing with exciting movies, for example I watched Inception not so long ago and that has quite a few exciting action sequences.
It’s left me a bit puzzled about what was disturbing my inner equilibrium, frankly. I don’t think it is just adrenaline, or even threat to the characters you identify with, but there was some difference between the two experiences that caused one to be disturbing and the other not. Very curious.
Would love to hear your input,