Emotional well-being refers to mental health, which can be affected by depression, anxiety and stress. These conditions can contribute to physical problems, such as sleep disturbances and digestive disorders. Emotional well-being is not the absence of emotions; rather, it allows an individual to understand his or her emotions. The cultural art of cosplay has made an important contribution towards improving the emotional well-being of many people. Positive emotions from cosplay contribute to the psychological and physical well-being of those who participate in it.
Cosplay’s work focuses on the relationship between young people’s perceptions about themselves and other participants in this fan culture. Fan art and cosplay are examples of visual culture, and these activities teach about visual culture, even if the individual does not aspire to a career as an artist. Cosplay involves making creative costumes as well as dressing and performing as characters derived from particular literatures. Cosplay art is performed live at fan conventions and is often later shared through galleries and personal websites. Cosplay art attracts fans to learn skills required for making the fan art, and the positive emotions that result from achieving these skills contribute to the physical well-being of the individuals who undertake these tasks (Lamerichs, 2010).
Cosplay attracts young people to choose their form of engagement with the art based on the media that originally conveyed the stories on which the art is based. The art of cosplay moves from exploring the internal self towards the construction of the cosplayer’s role identity. This is seen from the standpoint of self-efficacy, which, in this case, is one’s belief in one’s ability to envision themselves as art itself. Therefore cosplay is aimed at developing individuals’ distinct personal styles. Cosplay has created various means to measure the artist’s competence, such as online comments in the individual’s gallery, that then help the cosplayer in further developing his or her skills.
Individuals learn the skills necessary for cosplay through useful techniques that include foreshortening, perspective and/or shading. These techniques help in improvising the emotional well-being of the participants. Cosplay focuses on the fan-based art maker, and this helps in developing the distinct personal styles that include fan canon (or “fanonical”) representation, which also contributes towards the improvement of players’ emotional well-being.
The motivation to create fan art comes from the powerful resonance cosplayers feel with stories in popular culture. This phenomenon is understandable through the process of self-seeking. The outcomes of these art-making tasks result in social interactions which are achieved through the internalized concepts of the self. The combined internal urges in the individual and the external social influences motivate fans to a deeper level so that their art making capabilities can be enhanced (Manifold, 2009). The attainment of the effective states describes the internal and external experiences which balance the self-efficacy state. These art-making capabilities and the desire for self-seeking through internal and external experiences bring positive outcomes for improved emotional and physical well-being in an individual.
Cosplay work affects the mental and physical health of participants, enhancing their emotional well-being, which reduces anxiety and depression. In the end, it is the positive emotions arising from taking part in cosplay that contribute to this improved emotional well-being through achieving both the mental and physical well-being of an individual.