Speaking Point: They are called “chick flicks,” those romantic movies that seem to blossom in spring and summer. Women flock to them like chocolate after a tough day. Why do women like romantic comedies so much? Is it all about the happily ever after? Here are some of the reasons to help explain their sweet success.Dr. Sheila Forman is both a clinical psychologist and attorney who comments on the psychological and legal issues affecting our society today. She is the author of several self-help books and is on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University.
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Speaking Point: 1. We are social creatures and crave interpersonal relationships. Psychologists and sociologists will tell you that human beings are social creatures. We are designed to seek out others to form bonds and communities. Romantic comedies are all about relationships. They speak to this primitive need.
Speaking Point: 2. We can live vicariously through the lives of the characters. Sometimes when we feel something is missing in our lives we look to the lives of others to fill us up. Sitting in the darkness of a movie theater we can immerse ourselves in the life of the main character and in so doing feel some of the feelings that are missing for us.
Speaking Point: 3. In times of stress, people need happy endings. With so many people out of work or struggling to make ends meet, there is a hopelessness permeating the lives of some people. Typically romantic comedies are filled with hope and a happy ending. Two things many are searching for right now.
Speaking Point: 4. We want to believe in love. As our society becomes more fractionalized due to technology and distance, some people feel lonely and isolated. They worry that they will never find the personal connection and love they desire. Romantic comedies remind us that love still exists and is available if you seek it.