Written by DiveThru Team
Reviewed by Natalie Asayag MSW, LCSW
Feeling Fascinated: A Guide To Your Emotions
Published May 7th, 2021 & updated on Dec 7th, 2021
Isn’t it so fun to be fascinated by something? Let’s think about that word for a second. Fascinated. Fascinating. Fascinator. Okay, maybe not “fascinator” because we’re pretty sure that’s just a fancy kind of hat. But we’re not here to talk about hats, so let’s get back to the start of the show — fascinated.
When we’re fascinated by something, our minds tend to concentrate on this new thing. Its allure seems to pull you in like a magnet, and it captivates your entire mind! So, let’s explore that allure together and get into this fascinating feeling!
A Deeper Look At Feeling Fascinated
Fascination is an exciting emotion to experience. You feel energized and interested, and you want to learn more about whatever is sparking this fascination! The awesome thing about feeling fascinated is that there is no limit to what you can be fascinated with.
You can be fascinated by art, culture, science, language, storylines, characters, writers, music, math, groups of people, or even one specific person…the list goes on and on. And, becoming enamoured with a certain subject or person can be so fun and exciting! Our energy goes totally towards that one thing. Dictionary.com defines fascinated as “to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall.”
The best part about feeling fascinated is that it makes us happy! Our interests are something so personal to us, so finding something that interests AND excites us is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s like you can discover more about yourself and this fantastic thing you love all at the same time!
How Feeling Fascinated Shows Up Mentally
Feeling fascinated can have an effect on your brain. In good ways, of course! The one side effect that we will mention is that you might just come to love something SO much that you love it forever and ever! OH NO! We may or may not be guilty of this (and we DEFINITELY don’t have collections of stuff we were fascinated with sitting in boxes at our parent’s houses…) Jk, it’s totally us. Anyway, Here’s how feeling fascinated shows up mentally:
- Feeling enamoured
Feeling fascinated is such a fun emotion to experience because it’s accompanied by soooo much joy! Look at those things we listed above. Heck, even being distracted can be considered a good thing!
How Feeling Fascinated Shows Up Physically
SURPRISE! Betcha didn’t think that feeling fascinated can manifest in physical ways. But, it totally does! Here are just some of the ways feeling fascinated can present itself physically:
- A drive to learn
- Feeling energetic
- Increased focus (on the object of your fascination)
- Improved self-care
See? How cool is that? We love how an emotion like fascination can expand and affect so many different areas of our minds AND our bodies.
5 Ways to Embrace Feeling Fascinated
Let’s talk about all the ways that you can keep on feeling fascinated. Honestly, we wouldn’t WANT to stop feeling that way! The world is so much bigger and brighter when you feel fascinated!
1. Explore Your Fascination
Honestly, engage in this thing that makes you feel fascinated. Indulge yourself! Learn all you can about dinosaurs, how ladybugs hibernate, your needlepoint, or the artist you love. Don’t stifle this curiosity!
2. Connect With A Friend
Call your best friend and gush to them about how awesome this new thing you’ve found is. They’ll probably think it’s cool as hell! You can spill your little heart out to them and share your excitement with your favourite person in the world. Who knows? They might share the same interest and you two can talk for hours and hours about your new favourite interest!
If you don’t have a bestie to talk to, talk to your journal! You can write something like “Dear diary, today I discovered that horses actually DO sleep lying down!” So, if no one is around to hear about your newest love, journal alllll about it!
Sometimes, even during all the excitement of discovering a new hobby, a new love, or a new interest, you just need to take some time to reflect on it. If you meditate on this feeling of excitement and fascination, you can then learn to continually apply it to other aspects of your life!
5. Practice Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is a perfect way to appreciate and embrace this incredible, fun, and amazing emotion!
And there you have it! Done. Fini. Ferdig. Finito! That’s all the information we have on the emotion of fascination. Were you fascinated reading this article? We hope so. We put some pretty cool shit in here. But in any case, we hope that you learned so much more about the emotion of fascination than you ever thought was possible! Keep being fascinated and go discover the whole world!!!!