Things You Never Knew About Fear

Fear is Physical

Fear is experienced in your mind, but it triggers a strong physical reaction in your body. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are released. Your blood pressure and heart rate increase. You start breathing faster. Even your blood flow changes blood actually flows away from your heart and into your limbs, making it easier for you to start throwing punches, or run for your life. Your body is preparing for fight-or-flight.But as some parts of your brain are revving up, others are shutting down. When the amygdala senses fear, the cerebral cortex becomes impaired, making it difficult to make good decisions or think clearly.

Fear Can Become Pleasure

Through the excitation transfer process, when your scary experience is over, your body and brain are still aroused. That means that any positive feelings you experience afterward are intensified, leading you to feel fantastic and causing you to crave more. This is how people become hooked on the adrenaline rush of fear.

Fear Can Help Alleviate Anxiety

Just as fear can leave you wanting more, it can also help you alleviate anxiety.If you have anxiety, watching horror movies in which others suffer through situations worse than your own might help you forget your problems and focus on something else for a while.

There’s a Difference Between Fear and Phobia

If you’re slightly uneasy about swimming in the ocean after watching Jaws, the movie did what it set out to do. But if you find yourself terrorized, traumatized and unable to function at the mere thought of basking on the beach, you might be experiencing more than just fear.

Clowns Aren’t Funny for Some

Psychologists have identified two reasons. One is that we may be disturbed by the fact that we can’t see a clown’s true face. We rely on facial expressions to really understand a person’s emotions and motivations. When we can’t see that, we’re left wondering what’s really going on under all that makeup. Sometimes we’re more afraid of what we can’t see than what we can.