To Mere Fiction...

Often when i am talking about human psychology, about how people can behave in so-and-so ways, i suddenly realize that most of my ideas about human behaviour spring from fiction... my understanding of psychology is not so much about real-life characters than it is about fictional characters. And then the vital question comes up in my mind: how much of it is valid? To what degree do fictional characters portray the psychology of real people? And if most of my insights are about these fictional characters, then can they be applied in real life? And these thoughts leave me helpless and troubled, as i feel the whole world around me, my past, my present, my future, is an artificially self-created reality, which is crumbling down to nothingness, to mere fiction...

Comments

butterfly* said…
that's kinda stupid .. don't you think so?
Awais said…
If i thought it was stupid, i wouldn't be troubled by it :)

The thing is, i am at a point in life where i have to make crucial decisions, and the choices i make would lead to different situations. And when i try to assess the possibilities, all the imagery in my mind, all the ideas about life and psychology, these are ultimately derived from the experiences different characters have in fiction, in stories that i have read (or seen in movies etc)... i have to make crucial decisions of my life, and all i have for insight are stories and fictional characters! And i find it unsettling!
Dur-e-Aziz Amna said…
Is not fiction created by people who have had to make all these decisions and faced these situations as well?
Kunwal said…
Even a biography or an autobiography has to be taken as fiction. There is not one reality. As you can interpret same things differently, fiction starts. It s your narration with your imagination. Reality is not in books or movies. As soon as you write it down, it s your fiction. Reality is out there but hard to grasp. Who is objective from all perspectives?
Kunwal said…
What I mean is that as soon as you have someone else's account of anything, understand that it comes tinted with their understanding, belief and imagination. You can either accept the fact that every 'capture' of anything (including yours) is fiction (whether written down or only in the mind) or you find person A, B, C whom you believe to be 100 % objective from all sides and take their views as reality.
Awais said…
@ kunwal

Wow! Thank you so much!! You gave me the answer i needed. :) Brilliant comments. And so very true!
Vasudha said…
"To what degree do fictional characters portray the psychology of real people?"

Even a real person doesn't portray the psychology of other real people, for that matter.