The psychology behind The Squid Game

The Squid Game is the series that generated all kinds of reactions after its great success on the Netflix platformperhaps because of its great violence, brutality and bloodshed.

But now is the time to put in order everything that the series presented to us, point by point and from a psychological point of view.

    The squid game, from the point of view of psychology

    In The Squid Game we see different characters with something in common: they are desperate and in a vulnerable situation. due to the large number of financial problems they are facing in their life, when they suddenly have a chance to win a large sum of money just by participating in a series of children’s games, but where to lose in one of them means death.

    psychology of money

    The series begins with the story of a man living in one of the less privileged neighborhoods of his city, with a rather chaotic life and full of debt for his addiction to slot machines, and who for these same reasons is invited to a bloody game that promises you a lot of money if you stay alive at the end.

    It’s here that the importance of money as a means of meeting everyone’s most basic needs it comes into play to affect the rational way decisions are made. Money is established as the main protagonist of the series, making it clear that it is directly linked to our survival within society and our behavior within it, being a dominant factor in our actions.

    Through this series, we wanted to convey to the public the importance of money in our lives, how it dominates our behavior, and make us think about this and that. what we would do in the situation of the players. Even if we have to go beyond our moral principles? Is money so important, influential and dominant in our lives and in today’s society that we would end up attacking our loved ones in order to maintain a privileged position?

      Making hasty decisions in an environment blinded by need and greed

      In each chapter, we see that the characters go through different situations of vulnerability in their lives: extreme poverty, terminal illness, forced migration or different types of aggression.

      And it is the vulnerability in which they live and the aggressions they face that makes the impulse to survive appear at different times and taking control of the situation in an irrational and unbalanced waycausing them to act aggressively.

      Certainly, several participants regretted the decisions they made while experiencing strong emotions and found themselves in a situation where not only money was at stake, but also their life, and where it is common for them to give up. emotional abduction situations. Although all the participants wish to come out alive after each test and keep moving forward to get closer and closer to the juicy prize, it is undeniable that the ambition and the tension between them to pursue the same goal forces them to make bad decisions. .

        Competitiveness, ambition and violence as a portrait of our society

        The series is believed to try to reflect the competitive society we live in, telling the story of people who at first struggle with the challenges of everyday life, but in the end are still vulnerable in the same place they started. , no matter. whatever they do. In this way comes this fierce competition that we consider to be fictional and which promises players that if they commit enough to do anything, they will end up changing their lives.

        It’s not really that different from the society we live in today, where life is seen as a competition or as an individual sport where being very competitive and not collaborating is the best way for us to grow personally and ultimately get out of the “vulnerable position” we find ourselves in.

          What are the consequences?

          The most obvious consequence of seeing this type of highly explicit content is the normalization of violence, so that even in a few chapters one comes to justify the need for it in terms of an end by any means; several participants lose all form of empathy, characters appear with stories and emotions with which we felt identified and that at some point we do not question or reflect on their most impulsive decisions.

          Therefore, it can sometimes be problematic to viralize this type of content that repeatedly they can desensitize us to violence, which we end up getting used to episode after episode in search of strong emotions that have less and less emotional impact than the previous one, but an impact on our brain. These representations encourage us to no longer react to this type of content, in order to be able to minimize or even normalize it in real life and in our society, which would end up by this desensitization to legitimize social injustice, dehumanize and lose empathy. between the people who make it up, as well as their sense of belonging and community.

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