Qais & Jun - What Creeps You Out? (Why are things creepy? (Uncanny…
Qais & Jun - What Creeps You Out?
Types of Irrational Fears
Trypophobia-fear of densely close holes. Studies are shown that it might be from our ancestors, as holes can symbolize poison and venom. "The holes can make people feel that their skin is crawling, shudder, feel itchy and physically sick when seeing these images because they really find it disgusting and gross. Some of these people think that something might be living inside those holes.ㅣ\
Arachnophobia-fear of arachnids, such as spiders and scorpions. Maybe from evolution, as spiders and scorpions inflict pain and are usually poisonous.
Claustrophobia-fear of small spaces. Can be scared of confined areas, including small rooms and elevators.
Why are things creepy?
This is the concept that certain humanoid objects closely resemble humans, but not exactly, creating this eerie feeling.
This is why dolls with human features can be so creepy.
There is a graph,
Another reason things are so creepy is because of the mystery behind it.
For example, in the video,
, Tara the Android is creepy because of a lot of the abmigious mystery behind it, like why is the window black? Uncertainty can drive the chills.
Many people feel that the temperature drops when they are creeped, hence why it’s called the chills. People start sweating and in some cases, get angry and worried at people who haven’t done anything.
Sources: McRobbie, Linda Rodriguez. “On the Science of Creepiness.” Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian Institution, 29 Oct. 2015, www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-creepiness-180957093/?q=.
Phobias, why do we have them?
Symptoms and Treatment
One cannot control phobias by themselves-there are treatments for phobias. Therapy includes exposure therapy, which is when you are exposed to the trigger. There are medicines to relieve phobias, which include antidepressants and beta blockers.
Fear- sweating, heart rate, unable to function.
Fight or flight-in normal circumstances, but for phobias, the response is maladaptive, so it is hard to function while facing the trigger.
Environmental factors-adaptive to surroundings
The phobias can vary within other countries. For example, there could be polar bear phobia! in Antarctica but since there isn't any polar bears in Brazil, people in Brazil wouldn't have polar bear phobia.
Genetic Factors-25-65% of phobias affected
Phobias can be a symptom of what happened to a person who has experienced the fear before, so it could be PTSD of a previous event.