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Parasocial relationship- Think before you make this mistake

Relationships are key to the happiness in your life. If you are happy and your relationships are satisfying,  you feel elated. Your energy gets doubled and the goals are achieved easily.
Unfortunately some relationships are popped up in our life all of sudden. Few of such relationships create a deep impact on your life. You keep yourself binded to them. Somehow, at the back of your mind , they start making you numb. One such kind of relationship is Parasocial relationship.

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Definition,  mental health

What is Parasocial relationship means :

Parasocial relationship ( PSI) is an imaginary relationship with a person who is a public figure ( an actor, famous personality,  an imaginary or fictional character , a cartoon character or any movie or novel character). You have never met with him or her , yet you consider him as your best friend,  dream guy or guide. You feel so attached that every moment of life you feel his presence.

Parasocial Interaction and Mental well being:

There is an argument on the point that whether these relationship are healthy or unhealthy.  The answer to this is the extent by which you are into them. Consider the present scenario of Covid, most of people had no access to outdoors. They were left with internet access for social connections and entertainment. This have created a spark in these relationships.

Few examples of such social relationships and how they pop up in our lives :

YouTube videos, movies , series and social networking sites ( SNSs) and novels are the creators of our Parasocialrelationships. Specially the kids have been easily fascinated by the lives of these celebrities or Youtubers.

Hence , they get attached to these personalities. Though they have not met them personally, yet they follow the way they live or the things they do. This creates a bad impact on their mental well-being and their thought process.

I remember the incident of Sushant Singh Rajput mysterious death case created a havoc on the social media. There are many more examples of such cases.

Why such relationships are disturbing –

  • Unrealistic
  • One sided
  • Addictive
  • unable to handle real life relationships
  • Lack of social interaction
  • Social media Addiction
  • Social isolation
  • Unable to make friends
  • Social anxiety

Check out this post to know how these relationships are killing are ability to make friends.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Leha

    This reminds me so much of the movie Fan. Perfect definition of a parasocial relationship gone seriously wrong.

  2. Archana

    I was totally unaware of this term parasocial relationships, but yes not unaware of examples that I have seen due to this. Very well written!

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