Mental Health and the Diet of Genres

Michael Blaker
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Hey all I’m back with a topic I thought I should cover instead of the usual Video Game Tuesday column. It’s all about Mental Health and the Diet of Genres!

Diet of Genres?: A made up term of mine, as far as I’m aware of at least, that I created to help describe the effects of me experiencing certain stories and what they do to my mental state.

I’ve found that I tend to exhibit qualities and traits that I experience in stories a bit more than normal people do, and that what I experience really affects my mental state. Hence “Diet of Genres”, if I read darker stories, like Grimdark or Dystopian novels than that makes me much more depressed and temperamental than I like. Which is why you might have noticed that I’ve been slowly distancing myself from certain genres more and more over the years. For example Re: Zero is a great Anime for most people, but for my own Mental Wellness I really shouldn’t watch it because it isn’t lighthearted enough.

Another example is the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, one of my favorite stories of all time, but frankly the storyline gets really dark and dreary after about half into the first book, and I find myself getting into a steadily worsening mood. So I don’t read that series anymore, just so I can keep my mental state stable.

So if you’ve been wondering why I’ve seemingly been steadily changing tastes in terms of genres that I cover here, which is also true to an extent, the primary answer is that I just have been trying to keep mentally stable.

That’s it for this column, I’ll be back soon with a regular Video Game Tuesday soon (probably).


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