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The perception of control

We learn fear through observation, personal experiences, and through the instruction of spoken or written notes. The perception of control is vital to how we experience and respond to fear.

When you look to your friend at the haunted house, and she's quickly gone from screaming to laughing, socially, you're able to pick up on her emotional state, which can influence your own state.

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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.

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The main factor in how we experience fear has to do with the context.

When the "thinking" part of the brain gives feedback to the "emotional" brain, and we know it isn't really a threat, we can quickly shift from fear to enjoyment or excitement,...

An imbalance between excitement caused by fear and the sense of control may cause too much or too little excitement.

If the experience is seen as "too real," an extreme fear response can overcome the sense of control. But if the experience is not triggering enough to the emot...

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The Allure Of Authority

Many people are susceptible to follow and be ruled by an authority figure and obey commands that defy logic, reasoning and are also unfair or dangerous to others.

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