Temporarily Expanding the Boundaries of the Self: Motivations for Entering the Story World and Implications for Narrative Effects

@inproceedings{Slater2014TemporarilyET,
  title={Temporarily Expanding the Boundaries of the Self: Motivations for Entering the Story World and Implications for Narrative Effects},
  author={Michael D. Slater and Benjamin K. Johnson and Jonathan cellist Cohen and Maria Leonora G Comello and David R. Ewoldsen},
  year={2014}
}
A wide variety of motivations for engaging with narratives have been proposed and studied. We propose that underlying these motivations is another, more fundamental motivation. Our premise is that maintenance, defense, and regulation of the personal and social self in daily life are demanding both emotionally and cognitively. Moreover, any individual self is constrained by capability, situation, and social role. Stories and identification with story characters provide a means individuals may… CONTINUE READING

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