SUPERHERO movies could be good for your mental health, psychologists say.
Last month a study by Professor Menachem Ben-Ezra and Dr Yaakov Hoffman, of Israeli universities of Ariel and Bar-Ilan, found those scared of insects experienced up to a 20% drop in their fears after taking a trip to the cinema.
Dr Hoffman even reckons ‘cinema therapy’ could be the next step in the battle to improve people’s wellbeing.
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Arts and health professor Victoria Tischler said: “This shows the important role of social support and friendship in maintaining good mental health.”
And clinical psychologist Rachel Andrew said superheroes’ evolution into more complicated characters and the vulnerable situations they find themselves in changes fans’ perceptions about how to cope with difficult situations.
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