Why do you love to be scared? 10 stories explain why 💀

Being scared is as old as time, but our understanding of it is ever-evolving.

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Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy.

Ah, the timeless lyrics of Eminem. They are also signs that the body is reacting to danger, either real or imagined. Fear is a vital survival mechanism, baked into our systems since we were cavemen roaming the earth.

But these mechanisms can do more than help us fight or run for our lives: every year, we learn more surprising ways terror, on screen, online, and in our lives, hijacks our brain and bodies. Below are ten stories about the science of fear from Inverse that explain why we love to be scared, and even how it can be good for us. 💀

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