Slater and Silver on Real vs. Imaginary Relationships

June 6, 2019
Mike Slater

School of Communication Director Mike Slater and PhD student Nathan Silver published an article about their February study, where looked at individuals with different attachment styles: anxious, avoidant and fearful-avoidant attachment.

They found that people who are anxious about their relationships were more likely to become engrossed in television stories and create “imagined relationships with characters.”

Slater and Silver hypothesize that “this may be due to the fact that these fictional stories act as a safe space.”

Read the full article on The Conversation.