A recent study found that engaging in complex fictional narratives — like certain award-winning TV shows — can increase a person’s capacity for empathy.
We all knew how important it was for Don Draper to find empathy in a stranger at the end of “Mad Men,” but what you may not have known is what that moment — and the long journey leading up to it — meant for you.
According to a recent study first reported on in New York Magazine, watching certain TV shows can actually make you a more emotionally engaged person. High-quality television dramas can increase viewers’ emotional intelligence, meaning that watching complex characters dealing with tricky personal issues or questionable moral choices can actually make you more empathetic
.By Ben Travers |