Fear, a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Fear is a potential of danger to oneself; the amygdalae, an organ in the limbic system, detects such possibilities and sends a signal to the brain causing the emotion of fear. Fear is expressed in different levels such as: worry anxiety, dread, terror and panic. These levels are determined by the imminence of danger. Worry and anxiety are triggered by the anticipation of being harmed in the future. Dread, terror and panic concern the immediate present. At the highest levels, terror and panic overwhelm people, causing them to make irrational choices. While terror is an apprehension of impending danger, horror is a sickening and painful experience. Horror is the emotion, which lays the foundations for the amygdalae to sense the backgrounds of painful events.
The “fear” that comes from the dark is a sort of creepiness, a sense of ambiguity, the grey area of safety and danger. You know that the dark will not harm you, but at the same time you feel as if there will be a hand that comes out of no where and grab you. It is the uncertainty that causes this emotion of “terror”. This is the most interesting sort of fear, for it is not horror nor dread but rather a sense of false danger. It is like seeing a picture like this:
There is no impending threat or distinct danger that will harm you. If you were to look at this image, you will not die a week later, but the image still causes a sense of uneasiness and “fear”. This “fear” can only be described as the unknown, and the “what-ifs”. Fear is everywhere, but the types of fears that are out there, are more abundant than you may have imagined. Scared now?