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Why favourite TV shows are security blankets for adults

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When my kids were little, I gave them security blankets to cuddle. I watched them immediately settle when their faces touched the fabric, and I understood exactly how they felt. After all, I have had my own security blankets since I was a child.

They are virtual blankets, mind you, but I still use them regularly, when I am stressed or anxious, or I can’t sleep, or I need a little lift. They are my favourite, deeply familiar movies and TV shows, and they as soothing and reassuring to me as any tangible comforter.

Sex and the City takes me to a comforting place.Credit:HBO

My original comfort movie was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one of only two taped movies my family owned when I was growing up. My sister and I watched it weekly, sometimes daily, and fell into an almost soporific state the moment the theme music started to play.

As a teen, my comfort movie was Grease, which we must have recorded from TV sometime in the '80s. To this day, I can recite it word for word, and feel immediately calm when I see even a few........

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