How to Keep from Getting Too Scared While Watching a Horror Movie

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Movies are usually entertaining and can give an individual a kick from his/her normal life.

There are different genres of movies. Some of us like watching scary movies, but alas get overwhelmed while watching or being in such a surrounding.

How to continue with our passion without getting disturbed?

Do not fear. Below are some tricks that you can play with your mind while you get a thrill out of watching a horror movie.


Let’s begin with the scientific part.

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The Centres of the Mind
The Centres of the Mind | Source

Our brain consists of our mind, which has been divided into the conscious mind and sub-conscious mind.


The conscious mind is our outer awareness and is considered the weaker and a smaller mind since it constitute only about 10%. The conscious mind helps man to analyze things, and help to think and plan.


The subconscious mind is the inner awareness and is considered the powerful and the larger mind since it constitutes the 90% of our brain and helps with our emotions and feelings. Our habits, relationship patterns, and involuntary bodily functions such as breathing and heart beating, creativity, spiritual connection and our intuitions are governed by our subconscious mind.


The conscious mind is the top layer while the subconscious mind is the bottom layer. If the conscious mind is getting scared, then the subconscious mind will tend to fear.

Thus, we need to program our mind in such a way that the top layer is at ease; thus the bottom layer will not be subdued by its feelings or emotions.

Tips to control our conscious mind


  • Watch a scary movie with company. Try not to be alone.


  • If watching the movie at home. Keep the lights on while watching the movie. Dark surroundings can intimidate the mind and put scary thoughts in the conscious mind, which will make the subconscious mind jump with fear.


  • If watching the movie in a theater; cover your eyes or look down when a scary part is playing. Distractions always support the conscious mind, and it will not carry the waves to the subconscious mind thus avoiding us to be afraid.


  • Keep your mouth busy by eating or gulping something. Munching or gulping will help confuse your conscious mind, which in turn can avoid being frightened.


  • Talk to your conscious mind, “this is fiction” Saying that repeatedly will help you avoid getting scared.


  • Once the movie finishes. Try to discuss it with your friends or family with whom you have seen the movie. Discuss the logistics behind it, laugh out the scary scenes. This will help erase those scared moments in your conscious mind, and that will help to avoid your subconscious mind getting scared.


  • Music also plays a pivotal role when watching a horror movie. If watching a movie at home, mute the volume. You will be surprised how you react to the scary scene. It won’t be that scary at all.


  • If watching the movie in a theater. You could put a set of earplugs and listen to some other music from your phone. This will entertain you and not scare you.


Conclusion

Man is an intelligent animal. Being aware of how we can program our mind can help us overcome being afraid while watching a horror movie or any other scenario in our life.

Analyze what scares you while watching a horror movie. Try to avoid it by putting distractions in that path by either covering your eyes or ears to block that scene from entering your conscious mind.

Be the master of your mind, and control your passions and fears!

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I keep from being scared by simply not watching them at all. I'm not a fan of scary movies, they create havoc in the mind and could bring on bad dreams. You shared good tips though!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I was laughing while I read this...I thought the whole point was to get scared while watching a horror movie??? I love horror movies...went to them all the time as a teen....and I'll still watch them on occasion on dvd's.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Linda. I also avoid horror movies.

Bill, I was amused by this title thus, took upon it. It was one of those exclusive titles offered by HP. Glad you enjoy horror movies :)


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Great tips, but am with Linda and don't bother watching them at all anymore. Used to love them in my youth, but not so much anymore. Have of course voted up and shared, too!! :)


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

You know Ruch first, very clever hub, secondly someone had to write a hub like this and Im glad it was you.. bless you


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I agree with Frank, this was a clever hub and I like the way you described the conscious and subconscious. I love a good thriller, one that keeps you on the edge of your seat but I don't like the blood and gore of movies like "Friday the 13th".

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I am with billybuc! What is the point in watching a scary movie if you don't want to get scared? lol


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

I love scary movies (stories) and although this is not for me, I still find this hub interesting and clever.

Will definitely be sharing for those scary ones (including my hubby). Lol!

Good hub! Thanks Ruchira!


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torrilynn 3 years ago

i agree with billy.

scary movies are in place so that you get scared ?

but I do like your overall article

Voted up


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. There are people who should stay away from scary movies.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I never watch a scary movie, i just don't like them, but for those who do, your tips will help...


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi ruchira, lol! this reminded me of well, me! I can watch scary movies easily, but then one comes along and totally frightens me! funnily enough the worse one was hellraiser, back in the 80s, I still can't watch it, as you mentioned it really does come from the back of my mind where all the nasty dreams lie! voted up and shared! nell


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I can’t watch the really scary movies; especially, the ones about paranormal activity. They give me a huge case of the willies and bad dreams. But your hub and list of helpful hints are excellent!


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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I get so scared watching thrillers...not much of a horror movie watcher, although I will "watch" a few. (Hands covering eyes and asking my husband what's happening every 30 seconds). When I go to the cinema, I'm so scared of screaming I sit with my hand over my mouth. I don't go to many of those anymore. I love your tips Ruchira! Voted up and sharing. :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I am not a fan of horror flicks, but I can see how your tips would make them much more enjoyable. The mute button trick is one that would really help, music makes the movies so much more vivid!


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sholland10 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Ruchira, I have to do exactly what you say, "THIS IS JUST FICTION!" I love a good ghost story, but I am not too hip on the gorey to be gore movies.

A fun read because I related so well to your tips! :-)


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

This is true. I love scary movies but I do freak out watching them! Thanks for sharing, Ruchira!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruchira,

I enjoy watching horrors, I try to remain calm by thinking :this is not real."

Your points are useful as well as interesting.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I never watch scary movies...I mean like the Jason or Masked Michael one? I can't even remember the proper names - Halloween! I do tell myself it isn't real but I find myself all anxiety ridden:) haha

Very clever hub again Ruchira!


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I love watching scary movies especially late at night. Friday the 13th horror movie, Freddy vs. Jason and masked michael, the curse and revenge of frankenstein & dracula & the scary movie. Still enjoy watching these flicks. voted up!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I like watching horror and scary music. Your tips are useful and interesting especially the one about muting the volume because it is the music that makes it scary.

Voting up, useful, interesting and shared.


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub with helpful tips! Your scientific explaination is concise and the points on how to control one's conscious & unconscious mind are valid. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

Great tips! Scary movies really get to me. I can literally loose sleep for weeks over a particularly scary movie!


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Try not going to a scary movie. it works every time!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I love scary movies! I like being scared though, so I guess I am in the minority on that one. Thanks for sharing your advice!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I always enjoyed watching scary movies for those who fear such movies this hub can be most helpful

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