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The Love of Fear | The Flood

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 | 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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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 | 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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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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Feeling rewarded

According to a 2008 study, dopamine is responsible for feelings of accomplishment and rewards, but it's also been linked to averse emotions like fear and dread.

People who enjoy fearful or risky situations tend to get more out of being scared out of their wits because they end up with higher levels of dopamine. Adrenaline, which is also released during dangerous moments, is also perceived as enjoyable by some.

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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 fear of death, etc. 
  • Unrealism -The fictional nature of horror films affords viewers a sense of control by placing psychological distance between them and the violent acts they have witnessed.

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Fear as a defense mechanism

Fear protects organisms against a perceived threat to their integrity or existence. Fear can be as simple as moving away from a negative stimulus, or as complex as existential anxiety in a human.

Some of the brain's main chemicals that contribute to the "fight or flight" response are also involved in other emotional states such as happiness and excitement. It makes sense that the high arousal state we experience during a scare may also be seen in a more positive light.

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