Stories by Leilani Raven Katen

How Scary Stories Can Help You Conquer Your Fears

Have you ever heard of the saying “face your fears”? It’s a common phrase often used to help people overcome their fears. But how do you face your fears? One way is through scary stories. Yes, you read that right. Scary stories can help you conquer your fears. When you read or hear a frightening story, your body goes through a physiological response. Your heart rate increases, your palms sweat, and your muscles tense up. 

However, after the story is over, your body begins to relax. This process is called “fear extinction.” Fear extinction is learning that a once-feared stimulus is no longer a threat. By exposing yourself to scary stories, you are training your brain to understand that your fear is inaccurate. As a result, it can help you overcome your fears in real-life situations. 

.For example, if you fear spiders, reading a scary story about spiders can help you realize that spiders are not as dangerous as you once thought. So, the next time you face fear, read a scary story. It might help you conquer that fear once and for all.

 The Science Behind Why We Love Being Scared: A Look Into the Psychology of Horror

Have you ever wondered why some people love horror movies and haunted houses while others can’t stand them? There’s a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. 

The psychology of horror is a complex field, but it’s fascinating to explore. One theory is that we enjoy being scared because it allows us to experience fear in a safe environment. In real life, anxiety can be overwhelming and debilitating, but in a horror movie or haunted house, we know we are not in danger. Therefore, it allows us to experience the thrill of fear without any real risk. 

Another theory is that being scared triggers a release of adrenaline and other chemicals in the brain, which can be pleasurable in small doses. This rush of chemicals can create a sense of euphoria and excitement that many people find enjoyable. But, of course, not everyone enjoys being scared, and many factors can influence our responses to horror.

 Some people may have had traumatic experiences that make them more sensitive to fear, while others may not enjoy being scared. 

Overall, the psychology of horror is a fascinating and complex field that scientists and researchers are still exploring. But whether you love horror movies or hate them, there’s no denying that they uniquely affect our minds and emotions.


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About Me

Leilani Raven Katen is a young Filipino/American writer, growing up on the Island of Maui and then moving to the state of Iowa. She learned the importance of diversity, allowing her a more colorful life experience. With the experience of learning about different cultures and traditions; Leilani grew to know the world was not in black and white, but in all shades of color. Her imagination that influences her writing due to her complex background makes for endless possibilities. Leilani has a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Now living full time in Iowa, with her two kids, two cats, a dog and her husband.

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