Why do we look at the Olympics

Why do we look at the Olympics?

There are a lot of real sports fans – they spend in the stadiums of half everynasms, they follow the standings, fly for the favorite athletes in the light. Most of the same passion for sports wakes up every four years – to the Olympic Games. Why is this happening, psychologies experts reflect on, as well as Valery Syutkin, Igor Butman, Andrei Kolesnikov and Irina Antonova.

Almost 20% of ours are not interested in the Olympic Games, but it is worth approaching the next four-year event, and about 70% declare their intention to follow the current contests 1 . We are warmly discussing at work and home results in different sports, we are going to companies in the sportsbars to cheat "as it should be", experiencing if our team has less medals than others. Sometimes even inspired by seen, recorded in the sports club or conduct children in the section. Our experts called six reasons for such behavior.

Irina Antonova, art historian: "Special Freedom"

"My first Olympics was in the 60th. I then worked in Venice on Biennale and specially went to Rome to the final of the marathon. It made an incredible impression on me. MiG when you become a witness of sports achievements, remains in memory for life. I myself, sitting on the podium of the fans, I am in a state of tension: get up, you start to jump athletes, scream. There is a special internal freedom that allows you to open ".

1. We lack bright events.

Oll life is predictable and clearly planned, and such a powerful ritual, as the Olympic Games, is expected as a kind of superoperative, and also a planetary scale. In addition, the Olympiad is more than two weeks: it is a long holiday, long communication, you can remember for a long time. Those who found the Moscow Olympiad 80 will probably agree that this event has become a kind of anchor for our memories: we remember both the competition, and a piercing closing ceremony, and in general the special Olympic atmosphere – the feeling of involvement in some milestone, the presence there, where there is something unique. In addition, while the games go, we see something new every day, so daily "emotional jumps", voltage is provided to us.

We lack sharp emotions, including, oddly enough, and negative. But what they attract us? Like Pushkin in "Peer during the Plague": "Everything, everything that the death threatens, for the heart of the mortal runs inevitty enjoyment". "Worries and at the same time involves uncertainty in what is happening primarily," Social psychologist Akop Nazareyan explains. – Watching the ski race, competitions of skaters or skaters, we are experiencing very sharp sensations, because we do not know what the "fight" will end, whether ours will be won (those for whom we are ill). Involuntarily (even if for a moment) we ourselves become participants in the competition ". "Such an involvement allows us to experience the achievements of Olympians as our own, – adds Social psychologist Tatyana Stephenko. – We can say that thanks to the Olympic competitions, our self-assessment increases, we assertime, we start better treat yourself ".

Igor Butman, musician: "Waiting for beautiful victories"

"This can only be seen on the Olympics – all people shoulder to shoulder, everything is so peacefully and joyfully set up, everyone is proud of their countries. Olympiad is also waiting to expand human opportunities and expecting beautiful victories. Athletes are heard that they are supported. Very hard when our loses ".

2. We strive to establish contact with your emotions.

When we look at the TV, where at this moment the athletes are fighting for the medal, we are observing not so much for the game, how much, with their emotions. Try three to four months after the end of the Olympic Games ask for active telepretellers about them to tell. Not many will call the time with whom the biathlete biathletes finished, or the result of the Olympic champion in jumping from a springboard. But everyone will remember their experiences: joy, sympathy, disappointment, anger, pride.

"When a lot of people gather in stadiums or in television screens, mutual emotional contamination arises, or a circular reaction, – explains the Akop Nazareyan. – excitation, emotional lift, empathy, as well as irritation, rage, are transmitted from one person to another. Individual differences are erased at such moments: our personal experience, individual and role identification, even common sense – we feel and behave "like all". Such anonymity allows, albeit for a while, to part with the usual image of a respectable policy, a high-tender scientist, unperturbed beauty or tired mother of the family, feel pleasure, excitement, vitality and in this sense to get closer to itself. We can put ourselves in place and winner, and defeated, and offended by unfair judging, experience their emotions. But at the same time, the most important thing is that the soothing distance is preserved: no matter how we worry, it’s still not we.

Why do we look at the Olympics

Valery Syutkin, singer: "Adventure, as in childhood"

"Olympic Games is an adventure, right as in childhood. And even if you are a unasarious person, this is a spectacle to capture you, hobble. This is not an ordinary match – looked and all. I had the strongest sensations when I saw athletes coming after competitions. That’s just he snatched the Olympic medal, and you feel His babies, because a person went to this four years ".

3. We need to sublimate aggression.

Sport – one of the best ways to replace the aggression invented by culture. As you know, the Greeks began to arrange the Olympic Games to take a break in endless internecine conflicts: during the competition all wars suspended. For viewers, complicity in competitions is also useful. Well, it seems, the game, everything is conditional: Well, did not scored the washer, well, what is the game! And we are sharply experiencing. In some moments, identification is identified with those who made a mistake who lost: we unconsciously begin to feel our weakness, our self-esteem falls, we feel helplessness, and, of course, we don’t like it. And vice versa, if "ours" won, we identify ourselves with the "aggressor" and feel the rise, tide of strength, can minimize the mountains. "We first realize yourself in childhood with helpless, weakness, and for the first time, many of us have the need to feel like a leader, become a winner," says Social psychologist Tahir Bazarov. – Olympic television broadcasts allow us to compensate for this feeling, feel your power, your perfection ".

4. We are looking for your own face.

The joy of residents of those countries whose athletes receive only one medal, sincerely and huge, and the Olympic champion becomes a real national hero. And vice versa, when the country’s claims for victory in different sports are high, many of its citizens experience humiliation if medals are less than or athletes occupy the fourth, fifth places .. "Such strong emotions are associated with a sense of national identity, which, thanks to the Olympics, we are experiencing especially bright, – explains Tatyana Stefenenko. – but no less important and positive identity. That is why, when there are no our athletes among explicit leaders, we begin to hurt for the favorite of the competition, and in case of its failure, choose another. Conducting your belonging to the "best" group (those who hurt for the winner), we ourselves feel better ".

Why do we look at the Olympics

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