Self-Reflection in the Context of Identification with Audiovisual Fiction Characters
Watching audiovisual fiction characters’ stories, most viewers usually get familiar with a wide array of topics. Such an activity can be considered a form of experiential learning that roots in the process of character identification linked to a broader process of self-reflection. Then, deep comparison between the experience of fictional character and that of a real spectator appears as a crucial part of social and emotional learning. The substantial part of this – but also the result of fictional character-viewer identification process – is self-assessment.
This can be considered as a result of comparison that is laid between ourselves and the identified fictional characters – no matter if the fictional character we have a strong resemblance to is perceived as „better“ or „worse“ than our own personality. According to our research findings – based on a survey being conducted among more than 2000 young people deeply devoted to film and audiovisual culture – it is clear we identify ourselves with fictional characters whose personal characteristics are roughly equalled or slightly „better“ to those of ours. Self-respect and self-conception are thus positively influenced by our reflection and fictional character’s identification.
Keywords: Film, Media Education, Experiential Learning, Media Reception, Self-Assesment, Self Identification
Dr. Jana Krátká
Assistant Professor, Department of Education
Assistant, Department of Education