Fear gets a bad press. It’s a so-called negative emotion, the one that supposedly stands between us and our dreams. But fear also drives a whole range of pleasurable activities and behaviors – which inspire what we can call recreational fear.
Once you start looking for it, you’ll find recreational fear everywhere. From an early age, humans love being scared by caregivers (hello!). Young humans are drawn to scary stories, perform daredevil tricks, ride roller coasters, and play horror video games. Indeed, most of us never quite lose our special attraction to recreational fear – even if we avoid slasher movies.
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