How horror films became an anxiety remedy?



When it comes to anxiety, age , nationality or financial status are not important. Millions of people everyday wage war with the fear that can be caused by everything – from the workplace to the smallest trifles in life.

Although many think that medication is something like meditation, some people find help in the opposite way. Did you know that many people prefer watching horror movies as a “cure” for their anxiety? You surely wonder how watching such scenes can calm you down.

Believe it or not, watching horror movies against anxiety has been practiced for decades. People who practice this often think that their method is strange, but thanks to Reddit’s

announcement, fans of this genre believe they are on the right track.

In essence, horror films allow people to sense feelings of anxiety to something that is not real and that does not have a direct impact on them. This really helps them cope with their problem.

“I began to worry about whether someone would enter the apartment or see a spirit that is much more dramatic than any fear I had previously,” one of the users wrote.

Dr. Matthias Klassen of Aarhus University in Denmark is studying the psychological effects of horror films for 15 years. He believes that people who can withstand the film feel much better after the end, because their brain reacts to the scenes as if they were happening in the real world. There is some relief after watching such movies, just like when you deal with a stressful situation.

It is likely that the frequent confrontation with the terrible things of horror films can help people with anxiety to cope with stress in real life, as this acts as an exercise in the amygdala.

The amygdala is the part of the brain that signals the danger, and in some moments it can “crawl” in people with anxiety. If people with hyperactive amygdala exercise a regulated dose of horror movies, their fear and anxiety may decrease over time. But such research has been done only with certain types of images, so it is difficult to say the same about horror movies.

Because you are confronted with fear in a safe environment, such as your bed or living room, it is easier to separate the irrational fears from reality and to remember that things can always be worse.

It’s important to know that not all feel relief after watching horror movies. One study showed that a large group of people sought help after watching the movie “The Exorcist” because the fear they felt was too intense. So the way you face what you see depends on how your brain processes the images.

However, more detailed research is needed to find out how effective watching horror films is in the fight against anxiety. You can only try it by then. Who knows, maybe this is your medication. If you are too afraid, you can always return to meditation.

See also these 6 completely unconventional ways to combat anxiety.

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