Why Do Some People Enjoy Scary Stories?

Everywhere you go, there will always be that one person who’s deeply interested in urban legends and paranormal affairs. Whether it’s about creepy stories during the Hungry Ghost Festival or a famous horror film, this person loves hearing all about it.  Call them thrill seekers or horror junkies, there are many reasons why people like these things. But really, why do some people enjoy scary things much more than others?

Fear as a natural feeling

Fear is hardwired in us humans. All throughout history, it’s been part of a human’s fight-or-flight response. It’s basically what’s kept humans “safe” for the most part of the past. When we watch horror movies or listen to scary stories, we are able to fuel that feeling of fear, which is definitely one of our primal emotions. In this case though, we become afraid but we still have full control over ourselves. In watching a horror movie for example, you can always close your eyes or cover your ears when you sense that a frightening scene is about to come. You experience fear in some scenes of the movie but you know that in the end the monsters are defeated or suppressed.

A trip to another world

We enjoy reading a book, hearing a story, or watching a movie about something scary because it fuels our imagination. We get taken to a place where we can feel fear but typically don’t need to worry about our own safety. There are stories all about zombies, vampires, witches, and a lot more, all in which feed our “otherworldly” imagination. They spark our excitement because we know we are physically safe but the stories make us think we’re actually in danger. It all really boils down to how we were created as humans. We’re curious about fear and death but we dread it when it happens to us directly in real life, that’s why we prefer to hear or watch them in stories.

Because of things that can’t be explained

You can’t deny that a lot of things can already be explained by science. But when something happens that we can’t particularly comprehend, we immediately associate it with other forces of nature, whether good or bad. This, as we know, is tied to our culture and traditions. This is also what makes scary stories exciting for some people because even though they don’t experience it themselves, they become curious of the possibility that these things actually happen in real life. It also has something to do with a human’s urge for adventure. “If people experience this phenomenon, maybe I can too.” For some reason, the idea that something supernatural or paranormal happens is quite alluring to some people.

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