According to King, everyone has internal dark desires that should not be acted upon. Rarely are these urges as awful as the acts shown in horror movies, so seeing the ugliest urges acted out allows the viewer to purge his or her internal desire for evil. The pent-up thoughts and emotions are released harmlessly. Horror movies offer viewers catharsis for the emotions that are detrimental to civilized society. Not only are negative emotions universal, but King argues that these emotions are good to experience. Negative feelings cannot be suppressed; they demand to be acknowledged.
The Role of Catharsis in Psychology
"New Flesh Cinema: Japanese Cyberpunk-Body Horror and Cinema as Cathars" by Sarah Henry
As opposed to his philosophic predecessor Plato, who feared the effect poetry could have on moral education, Aristotle appreciated the difference between the Homeric epic hero who grappled with mythic monsters and the tragic hero who struggled with the epistemological, ethical, and existential truth about himself. The present study investigates the tragic hero, defined in Aristotle's Poetics as "an intermediate kind of personage, not pre-eminently virtuous and just" whose misfortune is attributed, not to vice or depravity, but an error of judgment. The hero is fittingly described as good in spite of an infirmity of character. The aspects of the hero's character are also seen as inseparable from the tragic action, which processes through the phases of decision, illumination, and catharsis. The definition of the hero leads to an examination of the Nicomachean Ethics in order to discover exactly what Aristotle means by virtue, justice, intermediate morality, goodness of character, and an error of judgment.
Displacement (defense mechanism)
Mortimer Jerome Adler December 28, — June 28, was an American philosopher , educator, encyclopedist, and popular author. As a philosopher he worked within the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions. While doing newspaper work and taking night classes during his adolesence, Adler had encountered works of men he would come to call heroes: Plato , Aristotle , Thomas Aquinas , John Locke , John Stuart Mill and others, which "were assailed as irrelevant by student activists in the s and subjected to "politically correct" attack in later decades". Having corrected, at least to his own satisfaction, these mistakes, he gave answers to philosophic problems in the categories of thought whence they arose, finding the necessary insights and distinctions to do so by drawing from the Aristotelian tradition, as in his many other written works.
Creative arts therapies are based on the premise that when someone works creatively under the guidance of a qualified therapist, they become more expressive and communicative. This raises their awareness of issues and brings impetus for change. The creative work can involve music, art, dance, movement, and other creative activities. Some of these are described in more detail below.