Residents may be right to fear for their lives.
Edmund Dulac’s 1910 illustration of Sleeping Beauty.
Fairy tales can be brutal, violent, sexual and laden with taboo. But they are are excellent narratives with which to think through a range of human experiences: from disappointment, and fear to envy and grief.
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Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.
There are plenty of reasons to love and not hate spiders, but let's start with just eight.
Scary pumpkins are the least of what frightens us at Halloween, a day devoted to being frightened.
We may pretend that we do not like fear, but Halloween proves otherwise. Many of us enjoy being scared. But why?
A scene from John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982.
John Carpenter's The Thing is a sci-fi classic with a strong fanbase among polar scientists. So why does it resonate so much?
Research reveals two strategies women can use to lower the risks of stillbirth: counting kicks, and sleeping on their left side.
Research suggests that sleeping on your back can increase the chances of stillbirth. Pregnant women need better access to such vital information.
New research shows that even previously obstructive parents can be coached into providing vital support for their children with eating disorders.
A new psychological intervention can help any parents - even those crippled by fear and self-blame - to become powerful recovery coaches to children with eating disorders.
An F/A-18 Hornet breaking the sound barrier.
Fly-bys by RAAF Super Hornets and army helicopters are a noisy finale to the Brisbane Festival. While many find this sound awe-inspiring, what of those with lived experience of war?
Anxieties about hoodlums in cars was just another expression of an age-old fear of change.
Modern life has removed real fear as an experience for most of us. But this basic animal emotion is crucial to the human experience
The health scare surrounding nanoparticles might lead to people abandoning formula unnecessarily, with serious impacts on babies’ health.
A widely publicised study that cast doubt on the safety of milk formula was misleading, based on dubiously reported studies and may have serious consequences.
How do leaders find authority as discerners of evil?
Wellcome Library, London.
Witch-finders of early modern Europe and modern Africa made themselves indispensable by showing people a threat of a growing crisis of threatening evil.
Reining the mind back from fearful things.
A cheap antibiotic may help prevent the formation of fearful memories.
Today, the causes of many phobias are as inscrutable as ever – but they were only 'invented' in the 19th century.
Nothing sinister about this dark, misty forest…
Your phobias might just be influencing another's fears.
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Fear is a potent emotion that influences our decision-making. Each presidential candidate has tried to harness it during the last stretch of the campaign.
New forms of entertainment and consumption abound. And yet the book endures.
E-book sales are falling, even though many said they would "kill" print books. Computers and television were also supposed to spell the book's demise. At one point, people even feared the phonograph.
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All the popular monsters you'll see out trick-or-treating, from Frankenstein to Dracula, were born out of fear and anxiety about change and technology.
To date, Donald Trump’s campaign has offered us a powerful blend of hope and horror.
Utopia and dystopia are combined in current political thinking, from Donald Trump to the universal basic income.