Virtually everyone knows what it’s like to feel really scared. We can all remember moments when we experienced a pounding heartbeat, faster breathing, nervous perspiration, or butterflies in the stomach. Whether that fright is caused by watching a nail-biting horror movie, listening to a spine-chilling story, or prowling through a dark-as-night haunted house on Halloween, some people actually revel in feeling frightened.
Strange as this may seem, think about the last time you were scared. Someone may have jumped out at you or thrown a fake spider at you and then you screamed. This was followed by laughter most likely. People are generally motivated to pursue pleasure and avoid pain, but what about a pain so exquisite it becomes pleasurable? How often do we watch a horror film knowing we’ll be too afraid to go anywhere alone afterward, or get off a rollercoaster and say “Let’s go again”?
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