Vicarious – Meaning -experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.
I never liked fluffy stories with forced happy endings like on the Hallmark channel, I prefer to know what makes the characters tick even if there is a strange ending, on a regular basis I prefer non-fiction.
It is common that being in a psychologically dysfunctional environment growing up or as an adult it is unsafe to express our emotions.
When our emotions are not validated we can get them validated through music, art, reading stories, crime dramas, going to the movies, etc. you can add to the list.
We can better understand what we are feeling through these venues, we can relate to the struggles, fear, sadness, injustice or joy of the characters. By having these venues to relate to is a beginning to finding some safety within to express ourselves.
You are not alone, given the magnitude of how many people use these outlets all of us are using them to validate our own expressiveness.
Carry on. Express away.