Frightful Fun For Halloween
The month of October beckons you to get out of your comfort zone and do scary things, whether its having a horror movie night, attending a haunted attraction, or chasing some ghosts. Here's how I celebrate Halloween all season long, and remember it's okay to be afraid!
Is Being Scared a Good Thing?
Fear is subjective and we all have a threshold whether that's high or low. The act of being afraid is actually good for you!
Being scared actually has many positive physical and psychological effects. When you are scared, adrenaline is released, your heart rate increases, and your body gets a little cardiovascular workout.
Being scared also reduces stress (just like laughing reduces stress), and by surviving a little fright, you can achieve the ultimate satisfaction of overcoming anxiety and maybe even cheating death. It’s all very empowering.
"We build up tension in our lives and we need a way to release it,” says San Francisco State University professor Jeff Leroux. “Being scared or scaring others is a way to release that tension. Especially around Halloween you see people testing their boundaries of fear. The further those boundaries are pushed, the greater the payoff.” (Oakland Tribune, 10/26/05)
Can Ghosts Cause Harm or Trauma?
Ghost hunters on TV warn viewers to never try this at home as they enter a haunted place. This builds suspense but in reality, lock downs involve hours of waiting around to catch the slightest noise. But ghosts don't hurt people. Hunters are more often hurt by everyday things like loose floorboards, toxic fumes, electrical fields, and the hysterical run & stumble.
While specialists have video proof of unexplained phenomena, the hard scientific community is not convinced. Science demands repeatability of an event to be considered verifiable.
Psychologists are convinced ours minds are the true cause. The brain is not largely understood and it may be fooling you about paranormal activity, leading to distress, anxiety, and even physical ailments. This is especially true of highly susceptible individuals. Suddenly, something that's supposed to be fun is not.
I've been exploring the paranormal for many years and have done so carefully, reading books, attending seminars, and consulting experts. You must possess an open mind, psychological stability, spiritual sense of self, and most importantly be equally a believer and skeptic. There no definitive answers that science has proven... yet.