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Trick or treat: The psychology of Halloween and horror movies

Trick or treat: The psychology of Halloween and horror movies

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The 'dark factor'

The 'dark factor'

A love of horror movies is associated with an underlying dimension of entertainment preferences, dubbed "the dark factor".

Those with dark tastes value intensity, edginess and rebellion. Their personalities lean towards risk-taking, antagonism, imagination, and tough-mindedness.

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The pleasure paradox

Some derive enjoyment from negative emotional states, as when enjoying a "good cry", for instance.

Studies found that people who like sad films enjoy a scene relative to how much sadness it elicited. The stronger the sadness, the higher the enjoyment.

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Trick or treat

Trick or treat

Halloween seems to bring out excesses in costumed children and adults.

Several studies revealed that costumed children who were anonymous — by wearing masks for instance — were more likely to take extra candies. In adults, costumed Halloween celebrators tend to have higher blood alcohol readings than people in plain clothes.

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