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How to Survive a Horror Film | Nerd Fitness
In honor of All Hallows' Eve, I wanted to cover a specific topic today: what you should do if you happen to find yourself suddenly stuck in a horror film.

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Don’t Be Alone

Horror movie tip: never split up. Monsters, murderers, and creeps have it easier when they can divide and conquer.

Real world parallel: trying to better your fitness by yourself is ...

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Get Good At Sprinting

Horror movie tip: Most horror movie bad guys are very slow but watch where you step so you don’t trip. Simply maintaining a brisk walking pace after sighting the enemy should be enough t...

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Training Brains, Technique And Strength

Training Brains, Technique And Strength

Horror movie tip: the unintelligent and unprepared often die in movies, so get smarter, train yourself and learn how to use tools and new skills.

Real world parallel: take a tac...

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Be A Skeptic

Horror movie tip: Monsters can be deceptive, wearing disguises and playing dead, and lure you into a trap. Be a skeptic and think carefully before taking potentially dangerous actions.

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Complaining Will Get You Nowhere

Horror movie tip: characters whose main response to challenges are panicking, crying about it or giving up are annoying and make themselves easier prey.

Real wo...

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Finish The Job

Horror movie tip: characters often knock out a bad guy and then immediately run away, effectively giving them a chance to recover and try again. Don’t do it, incapacitate him and finish t...

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Primary factors that make horror films alluring

  • Tension - Generated by suspense, mystery, terror, shock and gore.
  • Relevance - The horror film may relate to personal relevance, cultural meaningfulness, the fea...

Viewing motivators for horror movies

  • Gore watchers typically have low empathy, high sensation seeking, and a strong identification with the killer.
  • Thrill watchers typically have both high empathy and sensation seeking;they identify themselves more with the victims and like the suspense of the film.
  • Independent watchers typically have a high empathy for the victim along with a high positive effect for overcoming fear.
  • Problem watchers typically have high empathy for the victim but are characterized by negative effect (particularly a sense of helplessness).

Theories on why we love to watch horror films

  • Dr. Carl Jung believed horror films “tapped into primordial archetypes buried deep in our collective subconscious – images like shadow and mother play important role in the horror genre”.
  • Horror films are watched as a way of purging negative emotions and/or as a way to relieve pent-up aggression.
  • Horror movies are enjoyed because the people on screen getting killed deserve it.
  • Cultural historian David Skal has argued that horror films simply reflect our societal fears.

Fighting your inner battles

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Identify the demon first

It is difficult to fight an inner battle if you do not know what you are fighting.

Get to the root of the problem by putting a face on that demon. Identify the real problem that is holding you back.

Stay Away Until You’re Ready

Don't try to fight your inner battle until you have leveled up. The inner battle you're facing never goes away completely. It just becomes easier when you are prepared.

  • Remove all the junk food out of your house until you’re better equipped to handle it.
  • Drive a different path to work so that you can avoid Burger King and McDonald’s.
  • Take a month off from going out to bars.

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