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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.
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.
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.
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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