“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” -Joseph Campbell
There are lots of reasons people love scary movies. As this article points out, some include wanting novel experiences, sensory stimulation, and curiosity about our darker or shadow sides.
I think another reason is presence. Feeling alive. Being focused on one thing and one thing only. Similar to a flow state.
If you want a good scare tonight, you could watch “Halloween” or go visit a haunted house.
Or even scarier…making your own art. What about inventing your own scary story and telling it to someone else? Just like a stand up comedian working out a new routine for the first time…that risk of falling flat on your face?…Now that’s terrifying.
It’s also where your treasure lies.