From rollercoasters to horror movies, there’s a biological reason being scared feels so good!
We get a type of high from being scared – called a high-arousal response. According to Margee Kerr, a sociologist who studies fear, it’s similar to the stress response that makes us want to fight or flee – but because we KNOW we’re not in real danger, our brain perceives it as pleasurable. And it is! We feel energized and free from thoughts that usually worry us. And it’s the same feeling we get when we’re really happy.
And that’s why, on a rollercoaster, you can be screaming one minute and laughing the next.