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What's with the fear of darkness anyways?

Imagine when the lights go out.... Is fear your first response?

What scares us about walking into a dark room?
Why is entering a dark area unnerving?

Is it because we don't know what is in the dark area that could potentially harm us or is it simply the lack of light that is not sufficient for our eyes to see that scares us?

We know the dark is frightful to most people because we see many horror movies taking place in the dark, scary theme parks are set in the dark and typically Halloween pranks are more frightening without light.

Is it psychological, physical, or even emotional?

Why so scared of the dark?

Topics: Darkness fear

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  • Nov 4 2011: Darkness is the second greatest fear of any person who has ever experienced light. It's not the darkness we fear but what it represents. Darkness is the physical manifestation of the unknown, and of ignorance of danger. It is not the darkness, but what lies inside it. And when we can't see what is there, we are hardwired to imagine whatever frightens us individually the most. This is why the scariest part of a horror movie is before we see the monster, when we are imagining all the terrible things it could be. Its why, since landing on the moon, we've made so little headway in the exploration and colonization of space. Space is the single greatest form of darkness, of the unknown, the very thing we've known to fear our entire lives. And it seems reckless, even suicidal, to step boldly into that frontier, without first examining, experimenting, and pushing back as much of the unknown as possible first.

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