Monday, October 17, 2011

The Thrill of a Good Scare

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkins are popping up on porches, horror movies have taken over just about every Television station, and teenagers all over the country are spending their weekends walking through haunted houses, hoping to get a good scare.

But why are people so obsessed with being frightened? You’d think we would want to avoid being terrified, but the truth is, sometimes being scared is just plain fun.

Maybe it’s the rush of adrenaline we feel when are minds are telling us we’re in danger. Perhaps people enjoy increasing their heart rates. Or, possibly, it’s just the satisfaction we feel when the ‘danger’ is over. Relief can be a really pleasant emotion to experience.

Whatever it is, it seems to be addictive. People keep returning to things that frighten, startle, or scare them. As long as they know it’s not real. And that bit of terror is part of what makes this time of year so fun, and so popular.

Do you enjoy being scared? What do you do to get a thrill?


  1. I don't legitimately enjoy being scared. I think that's why I'm really not enjoying American Horror Story on FX all that much and may discontinue it from my watching schedule. I'm also not going to see Paranormal Activity 3. IT looks too scary.

  2. Not much scares me, but I do enjoy frightening others. Makes me happy.

  3. It is kind of addictive, although the blood covered guys chasing people around at Busch Gardens were too much. Because they looked and sounded like chainsaws, it was hard not to believe you'd be mutilated.

  4. Michael, I didn't realize that show had started. I haven't heard much about it but the commercials looked interesting. I love scary movies though.

    Charlie, I don't know why scaring other people is fun, but it is.

    David, those chainsaw guys are pretty frightening. Something about the way they sound is very unsettling.