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What Happens in the Brain When We Feel Fear

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-brain-feel-fear-180966992/

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What Happens in the Brain When We Feel Fear
And why some of us just can't get enough of it

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Fear as a defense mechanism

Fear as a defense mechanism

Fear protects organisms against a perceived threat to their integrity or existence. Fear can be as simple as moving away from a negative stimulus, or as complex as existential anxi...

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Getting a “rush” vs. feeling terrorized

The main factor in how we experience fear has to do with the context.

When the "thinking" part of the brain gives feedback to the "emotional" brain,...

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The fear reaction

The fear reaction starts in the brain's amygdala region and spreads through the body to prepare the body for the best defense or flight reaction. Fear also triggers the release...

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The perception of control

We learn fear through observation, personal experiences, and through the instruction of spoken or written notes. The perception of control is vital to how we experience and respond to fear....

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Why some hate a good fright

An imbalance between excitement caused by fear and the sense of control may cause too much or too little excitement.

If the experience is seen as "too real," an extreme fear r...

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The Two Roads Of Our Brain

Normally, we utilize the ‘high road’, the main regions of the brain (thoughtfulness and reasoning) before any information reaches the amygdala (region of emotional response).

When a brain reacts due to any kind of threat, the main brain regions are skipped as the ‘low road’ is taken, sending the information directly to the emotional processing region, activating stress, anxiety and fear-based reactions.

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