Do you find yourself afraid of the dark? Would it be wise to show your fear by hiding under the covers or screaming at a horror movie? Why are we so scared of being in total darkness?
There is not one single answer as there are many reasons why people feel anxious and scared when they can’t see. Fear of the dark could stem from childhood memories, unpleasant past experiences, or even just an evolutionary instinct that has been passed down for centuries.
The first thing to know is that you are not alone. It is estimated that up to 60% of the population suffers from some level of fear, anxiety or avoidance around darkness. Aside from an evolutionary instinct, there are other reasons why we may feel this way about the dark: – Childhood Memories – We may be traumatized by a traumatic experience in our past and find ourselves feeling anxious every time we’re faced with situations where it’s dark. – Unpleasant Past Experiences – You might have been scared as a child when someone told them they were going into the “scary” room at their relative’s house but now look back on these memories fondly because you realized nothing bad ever happened once you got inside