Research has found that willing exposure to that which scares us can provide a counterbalance to life's stresses:
- It may be an effective way to undermine anxiety and even bolster our resilience.
- It is intentionally triggering our fight-or-flight response in an environment where we control the variables.
- Manageable bouts of "good stress" can generate animmune response that strengthens the immune system against bigger threats.
- The scary movies offer social-bonding benefits when we talk about the movie afterwards to our friends.