Some people love this scary season, but others prefer to avoid the thrills and chills. If you find fun in being frightened, what do you like about feeling scared?
Why you like to feel scared
To see why the human brain likes to feel scared, let’s use scary movies as an example. When you see a character scared on the big screen, your brain and body react as if it were you in the action. If the images you see and the sounds you hear scare you enough, the following may occur:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Rapid breathing
- Increased sweating
- A sudden rush of strength
- Slowed digestion
- Dilated pupils
All of these symptoms work together to trigger the fight-or-flight response, in which the hormones adrenaline and cortisol are released into the brain and body.
The bottom line: You feel more alive. This is the attractive part of feeling afraid.
When it comes to watching a scary movie and celebrating Halloween, liking how you feel when you’re afraid is a good thing. Fear isn’t appropriate in all situations, though.
Fear and Your Dental Health
Feeling afraid when you think about going to the dentist isn’t an appropriate use of fear. For people who suffer from dental fear and phobia, going to the dentist is debilitating, not exhilarating. Don’t battle with your fear every six months when it’s time for your dental checkups and cleanings. Instead, find a solution. We’re here to help.
Dr. James DeFinnis is a sedation dentist in Back Mountain, Pennsylvania, and he treats patients with a variety of fears and phobias when it comes to going to the dentist Using IV sedation and other safe sedation methods, Dr. DeFinnis can help you feel comfortable, calm, and confident every time you take a seat in his dental chair.