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Why Haunted Houses and Horror Movies Make Us Happy

Research shows many people enjoy recreational fear

It is dark, and there is a killer on the loose. My friends and I do not yet know who it is, or if the killer is wielding a chain saw, claws or knives. My heart is racing. I can feel my palms sweat.

Perversely, as I play the horror video game “Dead by Daylight,” I am also enjoying myself.

The “paradox of horror” is that being scared, under the right circumstances, can be fun. And recreational fear, as it is aptly named, could benefit us, too.

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