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.
Collective trauma: A boy walks among some of the 3,000 flags placed in memory of the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Even indirect exposure to the terrorist attacks of September 11 has left profound and deep impact on those too young to remember a world before that.
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
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Could their affinity for a certain type of television drama help explain why they’re drawn to his rhetoric?
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 15, 2016.
Two experts in political rhetoric explain how one candidate has used rhetorical devices like framing and ‘argumentum in terrorem’ to stoke fear and attract voters since the Orlando nightclub shooting.
There’s a good reason why we find ourselves unable to move sometimes when we’re afraid.
Freezing might have psychological benefits. Many people who “freeze” report little or no memory of the trauma.
Trump’s popularity reflects a broader cultural phenomenon.
Research from the University of Maryland suggests that ‘Trump culture’ is part of human culture, and has its roots in warfare, famine and natural disasters.
Opposing a candidate is more confidence-building, and action-driving, than supporting one.
Opposition inspires more confidence in one’s position than support and also helps to turn judgments into actions. This helps explain why attack ads are a crucial tool in politicians’ arsenals.
How do you cope with thinking about death?
Why thinking about death makes us more religious, conservative and prejudiced.
It’s a fracking protest!
Our gut reactions to controversial issues like hydraulic fracturing can be powerful, but information can still change our minds.
Isolated, crumbling, and full of twists and turns.
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The best haunted houses push buttons in our brains that evolved long before houses even existed.
Recognizing death’s inevitability, people find comfort in their beliefs.
Why are atheists deemed as untrustworthy as rapists?
Just enjoying a sense of agency.
Wingsuit flying might be dangerous but that doesn’t mean all base jumpers are hedonists with a death wish.
Run, don’t walk.
Time for politicians to get honest about crime statistics.
All people have prejudices, but learning more about them could help keep them in check.
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