Why Horror Films Are More Popular Than Ever - Issue 95: Escape - Nautilus - Deepstash
The High-Anxiety Personality Trait

Neuroticism, a personality trait that includes high-anxiety, makes a person move towards psychological themes that are associated with it.

The anxiousness inside the person attracts them to anxiety-inducing movies full of insanity, death, mental illnesses, or supernatural elements.

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  • Human beings, right from childhood are predisposed to pay attention to threats, making it hold our attention.
  • Threat takes hold of our visual attention, cognition, memory, learning, and our words and actions.
  • Someone already feeling anxious will get ‘sucked’ into the plot of a horror movie easily.
  • The purpose of the inevitable ‘monster’ in any horror movie is to induce this anxiety and fear among the audience.

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The horror movie experience gives us a chance to control our anxiety, as we can always cover our eyes, mute the audio, or turn the lights on. If we want more anxiety, we can do the opposite.

Feeling scary for a fictional story can be less consequential and even therapeutic.

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Once the movie plot has hooked the audience, the roller-coaster ride can feel good, and one can ‘get in the groove’. Screaming or gasping in horror, imagining the terror of the story that one is indulged in, is the reason why many people find reprieve in horror movies.

Horror movies also act as a training simulation for real-world scenarios, making us better prepared for an apocalyptic situation, for instance.

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