Solve Unamusement: Scare-ie & Scare-er

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Scare-ie & Scare-er

Being scared is a case by case situation. Sometimes you're fear is founded because of the area of town you are in or the people you are around or the fire that is destroying the house you are currently sleeping in. Other times you are in a place, where fear should have no real place, like a zoo or amusement part. Understandable when you fear birds flying over your head or heights but the goal of this post is not to be scared but rather be scary.

Mainly the trick is to know your target. If you want to give someone a good fright and you know them to have arachnophobia then a simple plastic spider is a great tool for you. It gives you an unfair advantage but, provided the person you are playing the prank on has a sense of humor and isn't ninety plus years old, its all in good fun.

Now the "main trick" doesn't work to well for people afraid of something obscure like color chartreuse or if you don't know their fear. A good thing to try in this situation would be the act of surprise. A manner of sneaking up on your intended target and giving them a good jolt with a loud noise or sudden movement. This will cause most, not all, people to at least become startled.

The difference between a startled reaction and fear response is the icing on the cake. Having someone jump for a second then instantly calm down is not the same as triggering a primal key in the brain for "fight or flight". A "fight or flight" reaction tends to be more rare even when someone is afraid of something you can replicate as most people come to the realization that the fear isn't real rather quick.

(The Scream painted by Edvard Munch)

That all being said and stiled over, you should not make it an extreme habit to frighten or scare someone. Sometimes it is appropriate and amusing, other times it can and will lead to trouble. Further times you may be aloud to scare someone and they have paid for you to do it, that is the best types of work but sadly it is seasonal.

Short: Scaring is fun and funny but do it with caution and understanding of who you are in fact scaring.

1 comment

joo said...

LoL, scraping the bottom of the barrel eh? :P

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