We respond well to emotions, particularly if they’re not ours. We enjoy watching movies, reading books, and listening to music because in them, we can find a familiarity that is removed from the personal. We use escapism when we convince ourselves that it’s easier and more doable to empathize with ourselves if we witness those emotions experienced by other people first.
We are entranced by emotions yet we find it hard to be comfortable with our own feelings. It simply feels easier to relate through watching others; this way, we feel as though we don’t have to deal with them on our own.
Suppressing and repressing emotions.
In a way, it’s like cheating except that in the end, we only cheat ourselves and, consciously or not, we know it.