Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Psychology of Fear

Since my childhood, I've always been very fond of paranormal, gothic or horror flicks. Eerie Silence (Or eerie background music in movies), darkness of twilight, stranded house interest me. It’s not that they scare me (Unfortunately, not a single horror movie has managed to scare me) but some of them seemed really engrossing.

But sometimes I wonder why in every horror movies protagonists are alone in a marooned house? Why ghosts always scare at night? Why they don’t try to scare people in a crowd and in a bright morning?

Have you ever felt someone’s existence walking behind you at night? You might have dreamt something and got scared at night. Why that significant scary dream seems trivial when you wake up in the morning?

What is the psychology of fear? Darkness? Loneliness? Silence? We basically fear of darkness, loneliness and silence, not any ghost. That’s why people always get scared in stranded, eerie houses or places at night. Ghost resides in our fear. We definitely feel nervous walking alone in a stranded house at night but never get scared while talking to someone or surrounded by people (No matter day or night). That’s why our fearrecedes from our heart with bright light of morning.

Written for:  Poets United (Vice/Versa prompt)
Also Shared with: Sunday Scribblings


  1. I love this prose, especially the last line. Nicely written!

  2. Interesting thoughts on our seemingly innate fear of being alone and in the dark. I guess we are mostly social beings who can't see very well in the dark. I wonder if bats would feel differently.