Most of us have experienced the one-sided yet strangely emotional connection that can be made with a fictional character on a TV show, in a movie, or in a book. These are called "parasocial relationships," a term coined by psychologists Donald Horton and Richard Wohl in 1956.
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Written by Curiosity Staff August 17, 2016
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