Why Fear Is Fun

Halloween is our chance to role play, misbehave, and gleefully scare each other.

Oh, The Horror!

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S
Bloodlust Morality Plays

Is Halloween The New New Year's?

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D.
Halloween means serious business--and heavy duty social pressure.

Of Aliens and Spooks: Racism or Halloween Spirit?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Ph.D.
Target pulls "Spook Drop Parachuters" toy amid accusations of insensitivity

How to Find the Perfect Halloween Costume

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Express yourself in new ways by giving your serious side a rest

When Fearful Bosses Become Demanding

By Lynn Taylor
Turn Fear Into Fortitude

How To Make Your Child a Psychological Wreck - The Playground Manual

By Stanton Peele Ph.D.
You can screw your kid up at the playground too!

Hollywood, Halloween and Horror Movies - a Killer Formula

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D.
Regarding horror movies, are humans perverse, even masochistic?

Spells and Charms: Harry Potter and the Power of Positive Thinking

By Kim Schneiderman L.C.S.W., M.S.W
JK Rowling reminds us that true magic lies within us

Fighting the Fear of Flying

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D.
A phobia arises when a person has a bad experience

We Have Nothing to Fear but Pain Itself—Maybe

By Mark Borigini M.D.
Think of Jimmy Stewart grading his way upward in "Vertigo".

Do Some People Sense the Unseen? Part 1

By Michael Jawer
Allergic to ghosts? Strange but possibly true

Confronting Terror

By Carolyn Kaufman Psy.D.
Halloween gives us safe ways to conquer existential fears

What Is Courage? : Existential Lessons From the Cowardly Lion

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D.
Tapping into your inner hero.

Halloween Quotes: What Do They Tell Us About Our Fears?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
How does the holiday help us gain control over our deepest anxieties?

The Six Best Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Research-based coping strategies that can help you get through it.

Lou Reed and Metallica: Existentialist Brothers in Black

By William Irwin Ph.D.
Why does this unlikely pairing work?

Don't Let Stress Spoil Your Fun This Holiday Season

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Coping tips to survive the christmas frenzy

Frightened of food? Feel the fear… then eat it anyway.

By Susan Carnell Ph.D.
How to lose your fear of food.

The Beauty of an Unpredictable Future

By Jeffrey Bernstein Ph.D.
A mother's reassurance to her children at an uncertain time.

Unmasking Halloween and the Power of Anonymity

By Sam Sommers
Trick-or-treating, disguise, and the spell cast by being anonymous.

One Drug Makes You Fearless: The Morning-Before Pill

By Mark Borigini M.D.
Go ask Alice.

Q&A with author Karen Russell: Swamplandia!

By Jennifer Haupt
Swamplandia: A quirky family of alligator wrestlers.

The Tricks of Treats

By Meg Selig
Use the self-talk of "later" to help overcome "now" temptations.

Take off that Mask!!!

By Dorothy Firman Ed.D. LMHC, BCC
What masks do we wear even after Halloween?

Halloween Time: Fun or Fear?

By Charlotte Reznick Ph.D.
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time.

My momma taught me how to fear: African Americans and phobias

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D.
African-Americans and phobias.

Who Isn't a Child on Halloween?

By Mark Banschick M.D.
What is Halloween really about?

Be a “sweeter” person. Eat more chocolate.

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
Chocoholics rejoice in surprising new discoveries!

The Wittiest Halloween Jokes, Riddles, and Puns

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
We fear vampires, and vampires fear . . . tooth decay (!).

When Dressing Up as Someone Else Crosses a Line

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D.
This Halloween, remember: "We're a Culture, Not a Costume"

Racist Halloween Costumes? “We’re a culture, not a costume” campaign pushes the issue.

By Ravi Chandra M.D., D.F.A.P.A.
Ethnic costumes - OK or not OK?