Why Do We Like Getting Scared?
Parts of our innate fight-or-flight response can also cause feelings of pleasure.By Evan Thomas | October 29, 2016
Fear has been helping us mammals survive threats for millions of years. When we see something scary, our natural response is to fight or run away. So why do we keep going back to haunted houses or watching horror movies? Why do we like getting scared?
A lot of it comes down to chemicals in the brain. During a fight-or-flight response, we get a surge of hormones, including dopamine. Depending on where in the brain that dopamine arrives, it can cause feelings of pleasure or feelings of fear.