Fear gets a bad rap. This is the so-called negative emotion that supposedly stands between us and our dreams. But fear is also the engine of a whole range of pleasurable activities and behaviors—which inspire what we might call entertaining fear.
Once you start looking for it, you’ll find entertaining scares everywhere. From a young age, people love to be afraid of caregivers (take a peek!). Young people are drawn to scary stories, performing stunts, riding roller coasters and playing horror video games. Indeed, most of us never lose our particular attraction to entertaining scares—even if we avoid slashers.