Jain University Press, the publishing division of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has announced the winners of the short story contest titled ‘A Wriggly Wiggly Story’. The contest organised for students studying at Jain Schools across the country was open to students studying in Standard II to Standard X. The Press received 300 entries for the competition across three categories.
“It was difficult to pick a winner from the lot. The competition was incredibly strong and JU Press extends our heartfelt congratulations to the winners! Storytelling is an art. While what constitutes a good story may be a trifle subjective, we believe that every story is a winner in its own way,” said Namratha Rai, contest coordinator for JU Press.
Winners will receive cash prizes of INR 10,000, INR 5,000 and INR 3,000 in Senior, Junior and Sub-junior categories respectively.
Many entries received covered topics such as gore, psycho thriller and revenge, and JU Press attempted to understand why children are attracted to such stories and subjects at a young age. Dr. Uma Warrier, Chief Counsellor at JAIN threw light on this topic and we hope you will find her inputs useful.
According to her, neuro-biological, environmental and psychosocial factors affect children and it will have a direct or indirect impact on their behavior.
Why would anyone read or watch a psycho thriller, horror or something with a lot of gore? It is because whenever we experience extreme emotions, there are neurotransmitters like oxytocin, dopamine and endorphin released in the brain. The latter especially is the body’s defense mechanism against pain and stress. Dopamine is released when you are anxious; it is also connected to passion. When people are passionate about something, they pursue it. It may be something that others may not like or understand. Why do you get attracted to people who crack jokes, or are friendly? It is because of Oxytocin. This is connected to physical contact such as touch and hugging. In this case, children are artificially generating this in the brain. They don’t know why they are doing it but it gives them a high.
Why would you choose a certain topic? Oxytocin is released when you have a sense of connection. Some Children may not have had this when parents appear disinterested in them or they may lack bonding with siblings or friends. Kids today spend much of their time on gadgets. There’s no physical proximity, no connection. So they artificially generate it by reading or watching or doing things that give them a high or makes them feel good.
How do they get dopamine? By writing something scary where emotions are running high. Thrillers release oxytocin or endorphin.
There’s a lot of exposure / information out in the media and public. Children do not know to choose good or bad from it. There’s no impulse control, no patience to reach the end, be it a movie or a song. Parenting style also affects the way a child thinks. Catharsism psychology is a way of venting out negative emotions in a way which does not harm others.