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Monday, 21 October 2019

5 Reasons Why We Love To Be Scared


Halloween is nearly upon us! And many of us will be preparing our scariest costumes, finding out the spookiest films, and curling up with the most horrifying books. But why does the scariest time of the year appeal to so many of us? Why do we like being scared? There's been a lot of research done in this area, and many reasons have come up. So today I thought I'd share five of those reasons with you.

1. Thrill-seeking. Many of us quite enjoy pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone. In this case, an instance of fear or terror becomes an endurance test. We strive to see how much we can take, and feel a sense of pride and satisfaction when we make it through that instance. Whether that instance is a scary movie, a horrifying read or a ghostly encounter.

2. It's all chemical. The fear reaction results in a rush of adrenaline and a release of endorphins and dopamine. This rush of biochemicals leads to a pleasurable sense of euphoria. Then, when reminded of our safety in that fearful situation, we're left feeling relieved. This all leads to an overall sense of well-being. It's just a natural biochemical reaction, baby.

3. Closeness. When you experience a fright with someone else, all the same biochemical reactions we discussed above occur in your body. However, the presence of another individual means we often transfer this pleasurable feeling to the other person, creating a feeling of closeness. This can be especially beneficial on a date!

4. Safety first. We can only enjoy fear if we know we are safe. And our brains are incredibly adept at analysing a situation quickly to determine if we're in any actual danger. When it determines we are not is when that biochemical rush of endorphins and dopamine happen, as the brain allows the body to relax and enjoy the scare that's not about to harm us in any way. 

5. The novelty factor. Everyday life can get a little humdrum. We all seek something new and exciting from time to time to break up the monotony of the working week. And being scared is a new experience that we know is safe. That's where the attraction lies. 

Do you enjoy being scared? 

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