Think a Bit Thursday: Paranormal Activity and Fear

Ddog here with a new Think a Bit Thursday! This week we will be talking about fear. What better time to talk about fear than now? With Halloween right around the corner and more bad horror movies coming out, this is a great topic to discuss. Fear. Before we begin, let’s talk a bit about Paranormal Activity. This movie spawned the Found Footage genre back from the dead after the Blair Witch Project shook college campuses all across America. Unfortunately, the Found Footage genre is weak, and has been implemented incorrectly. Paranormal Activity was a thrill because nothing happened. We anticipated so much that when we got so little, it still seemed like so much. It’s like sitting in a seat facing a wall after eating a gallon of ice cream and a box of Pop-Tarts. You are so hyped up on sugar that even though you are watching a wall, it seems like the most interesting and thought-provoking wall. In reality, it is just a plain wall. This was Paranormal Activity. I can’t say that the movie sucks, because it delivered the scares. That’s what it was trying to do, and it succeeded.

The question this week is: What is your biggest fear?

If you asked me this before this summer, I would have said heights. I love roller coasters, but heights are just too much for me. The tingly feeling and queasiness that heights give me makes me want to crawl as far away from the ledge as possible. I have gotten stuck up in the attic because of my refusal to climb down the ladder. I had to be escorted down. But then I went to Kingda Ka. You guys saw it in my second Vacation Vlog. I rode the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. After conquering that height, I can predict that heights don’t bother me any longer. I say predict because I haven’t been near a height since the summer. But I feel less afraid of heights now, and that’s definitely a good sign.

For some, bugs are the biggest fear. One of my cousins is deathly afraid of spiders. A few years back I decided to ask her for help on my homework. What she didn’t know was that I had a book full of spider pictures infront of me. She looked over my shoulder, jumped to halfway to the ceiling, and bolted to the nearest couch. She had her head buried in a pillow and she refused to remove it because she was afraid that the book would be awaiting her. I believe she was sobbing. This isn’t some 6 year old cousin of mine, however. She is older than me, and married. (I don’t share the age of women on gamerscene. That’s not how I role.)

For my dad, his fear is rodents. Nothing scares him except for rodents. My cousin told me a story that displays my father’s phobia perfectly. He and my dad were outside late at night, and a raccoon ran right over my dad’s feet out of nowhere. He leaped out of his chair and sprinted inside the house, my cousin at his heels. My dad slammed the sliding door shut on my cousin. Every now and then they have a good laugh about it, but I am sure that it wasn’t so funny for my cousin at the time.

I have heard that more people are scared of public speaking than death. Maybe that’s your fear. And since the attacks of September 11th, flying has become a common fear as well. Are you scared of the dark? How about clowns? Many are afraid of dentists as well. The list goes on and on.

The fact is, fear is a very overpowering feeling. Being afraid clouds our judgement and attacks our mind. It is very manipulative, as it toys with our mind. Think about how strange some fears are. Flying on an airplane. You are travelling on an airborne vehicle, trying to get from one location to another. Dentists. They are professionals who are fixing your teeth. Clowns. They are men outfitted with makeup, intending to amuse children. See what I mean? Fear is something mental, completely brewed up by the brain. There is no logic or reason for fear. It is simply an impulsive feeling that we spawn. Why? I have no idea. What am I, a doctor?

Let me know below: What is your biggest fear? Thanks for reading!



4 comments on “Think a Bit Thursday: Paranormal Activity and Fear

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  2. That’s the trick to fear and anxiety: it isn’t logical. It doesn’t make sense. It’s completely unreasonable. And yet – you can’t help it. There’s some innate inability to control your reaction when it comes to that specific thing. I have anxiety to some degree, and so I can say with confidence that I’m afraid of a lot of things. Spiders. Fire. The ocean. Driving to new places. Among plenty of others. I wouldn’t categorize any of these as a phobia because I don’t think my fear is that strong, but it’s definitely there. Isn’t it funny, though? So many of these things we just have no reason to be afraid of. (Like you said with clowns.) I know why I’m afraid of spiders (a BIG one crawled across my face when I was younger), but really, what’s it going to do to me? Crawl across my foot and then run and hide so I can’t squash it. Because IT has a more legitimate reason to be afraid of us than we do of it. Sometimes I just think…really? That tiny little thing sent me running across the room, scream caught in my throat? But I only think of that by the time I’m already 30 feet away. The reaction is totally involuntary!Thanks for the post, it was a good one. 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words! We usually see fear as a limitation, but imagine what kind of trouble we would get in if we weren’t scared sometimes. Everyone would be a headstrong person acting on impulse. We wouldn’t have limitations. That could be scarier than fear itself.

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