Psychologist explains why people like fear as Halloween approaches

first_imgWINNIPEG (CITYNEWS) – Ghosts, ghouls and goblins will emerge later this month for Halloween. Part of this holiday for many people is the scare factor, but there are some scientific reasons why people seem to love being scared. Jo Ann Unger, Clinical Psychologist and President of Manitoba Psychological Society, says fear activates the fight, flight, and freeze response, and for some people, this is exhilarating. “Their body is wired that, that fight, flight, freeze response is really rewarding for them internally, and so then they seek that out because it feels really good for them, but it’s not the same for every person,” she said. Unger said some people even feel a sense of accomplishment after making it through a haunted house, plus it can be a bonding experience if you made it through with people you know.  “Those memories are encoded in a special kind of way and if we do that with friends and family you know we talk about it after and we have this its very vivid right and so it also creates this sense of connection and closeness,” she said. -with files from Stefanie Lasiuk, CityNews Winnipeglast_img read more

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