Friday, November 2, 2012

... why we watch horror movies ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, osteopath, quezon city, manila, philippines)

tv5 news sent jenny hipolito and jc gotinga to ask me why we watch horror movies.

personally, i consider horror movies "mind trash."  horror movies pollute my conscious and subconscious mind with images and thoughts that i could live without.  this doesn't mean though that i'm a crusader against such films because some people actually benefit from watching them.

so what are psychological and biological reasons why we watch?  

one reason is that they provide a psychological jolt to an otherwise monotonous and drab existence, just like jalapeno peppers add a spicy torturous hellish zing to your otherwise bland and boring pizza.  

a second reason is that horror movies provide a psychological upliftment for people with many real-life fears.  horror movies somehow reassure people that there are more horrifying things to be scared of than the petty little fears of everyday life.

the third reason is a biological one.  enkephalins, the so-called natural opioids, flood the body after a frightful hair-raising experience.  enkephalin is the substance responsible for making sexual acts feel pleasurable, and this is the same substance released in the body after getting frightened.  horror movie + enkephalin release + adrenaline rush = good scare! 

happy halloween everybody!  and remember to wear cloves of garlic around your neck when you sleep tonight!