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Movies That Elicit Sorrow, And The Importance Of Feeling Sad

Updated 24 Aug 2018 1.3k views10 items

Research has continually pointed to the fact that sadness is an adaptive emotion, and we apply it to better cope with and handle situations, whether they be social or personal in nature. When we choose to openly express our negative emotions and reject our desires to repress and forget them, we're doing so for the benefit of our psycho-social well being. Not only does this expression benefit us individually, but it makes us more receptive to foreign social interactions. 

We run the gamut of emotions on a day-to-day basis, sometimes without consciously registering it. This creates a sort of emotional balance that we need for our stability, and when we actively allow ourselves to feel these emotions, we take strides toward a possible state of equilibrium. Sadness, for example, is an emotion that most feel gets in the way of progress. Many believe sadness is a hurdle to overcome, either by perseverance or sheer willpower. This is an outdated way of thinking, and researchers today stress the importance of freely experiencing sadness, without letting it dictate or prevent our actions. 

Many directors have pointed toward film as the ultimate form of self-expression. Directing allows an individual to visually represent concepts and feelings en masse, and to open up a conversation they wish to have with the world. Many films elicit sorrow, and some of them are spectacular. They not only evoke sadness, but they open our eyes to bigger themes and ideas, and they make us wrestle with our own responses to negative situations. Bottom line, we can learn from sadness, and we can grow. Film serves as the perfect battleground to comprehend and combat these feelings, as it temporarily engrosses us in specific emotions.