being scared: why do we love it?

I love the fall. Watching the leaves change colour and crunching through them; cozy sweaters, scarves, and boots; the fresh crisp air. I even look forward to the gloomy days, curling up on the couch with a warm blanket, watching a great movie or reading an absorbing book.

Although I try to resist it when the impending “turn the clocks back an hour” time approaches, in all honesty, there’s a part of me that looks forward to the coinciding darkness. There’s something comforting, mysterious, and alluring about it. Interesting that I feel this way, considering I have a love/hate relationship with the night. While I’m a devoted night owl, I’m also fabulously terrified of the dark (OK, more so being in a forest and having to venture out to the washroom in the darkness by myself kind of thing, but still…I won’t even go into a basement alone at night!).

With Halloween upon us (is anyone else as excited as I am?!), I thought it a perfect topic to explore: why are we so drawn to things that frighten us? Moreover, if fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, why then do we seek it out?

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