The Love of Fear | The Safety Net

When we get scared, our bodies go into fight, flight, or freeze mode. So if we are in a setting where we get a “safe” fright (like watching a horror film), our brains will quickly evaluate the situation and tell us that we’re free from risk.

Many of us are actually seeking "controlled" fear and suspense, because we know we are safe.

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5 Reasons We Enjoy Being Scared

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The Love of Fear | The Flood
  • When we get scared, we get a rush of adrenaline and a release of endorphins and dopamine.
  • The biochemical rush can result in a pleasure-filled, opioid-like sense of euphoria.
  • When we are reminded of our safety, the fear subsides, and we’re left with a sense of relief and well-being.

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The Love of Fear | Self-Satisfaction

Some people enjoy "pushing the envelope," seeking thrills, and seeing how much fear can be tolerated. If they are able to endure the barrage of anxiety, suspense, and fear, a great sense of self-satisfaction is often experienced.

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The Love of Fear | Closeness

Being frightened releases a biochemical flood that can yield a pleasurable outcome. So experiencing fear with someone else (like watching a scary movie together) can create a shared bond.

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The Love of Fear | Curiosity

The fear of the unknown is one of the most natural and instinctive fears that we have.

Our world is easier to engage with when things make sense to us; and so, some may choose to engage further with 'the unknown' in order to better make sense of the situation.

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