So says Stephen OMeara, author of Are You Afraid Yet? The Science Behind Scary Stuff (Kids Can Press), on shelves this April.
OMeara has been investigating the physical and emotional reactions that stem from being afraid and is perplexed by screaming.
He says screaming is the ultimate protective device since we do it to make ourselves look more powerful.
He explains, You contort your face, show your teeth, and try to scare away whatever is there through a scream. Its the first thing you do when you enter this world, but you dont want to leave the world screaming.
Though screaming is the ultimate release of emotions, OMeara says that in scary situations, its best to not go berserk.
He says fear is conquered by keeping your head and exploring the logic behind why youre afraid. After thats out of the way, a little scream can relieve the remaining anxiety.
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