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“Panicked” – Not Always Negative

For me, the word, “panicked,” initially evokes a negative emotion or makes me think of something that results from a negative experience. Analyzing the word in my own over analytical INTJ way (short from Googling it), I interpret panic to be accompanied by an elevated level of fear, physiological responses to this fear, and loss of control over mind and body. However, different from fear which I believe to be an emotional response to a scary stimulus, I feel a state of panic remains in place until an end goal is achieved or the cause of the panic is terminated. I’ve never experienced panic to the degree I imagine the word to be worthy of. I don’t recall a time I’ve ever felt panicked other than an experience that, in retrospect, ended up being super funny.

One Halloween in the late 80’s, BFK, a mutual friend, and I went trick-or-treating in my neighborhood. We came across a house with what looked like a life-sized scarecrow dressed in denim overalls sitting on a patio chair holding a bucket of candy. Wanting our candy, we approached this scarecrow. As my hand entered his bucket, I noticed the “hair” on his head moving. In a split second, he grabbed my hand and we all went running up the hill screaming, laughing, and crying all at the same time. I recall that in that moment, I might have felt a sense of panic until we were far enough up the hill that we knew he wouldn’t get us. Now looking back on that moment, instead of recalling the panic as a negative response, I recall how much we laughed afterwards and how we told the story over and over to anyone who would listen. It really was one of the funniest moments of my life!

via Daily Prompt: Panicked


2 thoughts on ““Panicked” – Not Always Negative

  1. I will never forget that. That may be one of my earliest experiences that convinced me that being scared isn’t always a bad thing. Though today, I also suffer from anxiety- scared that something bad WILL happen.
    Horror and suspense are my ultimate favorite genres of movies. The rush of knowing something scary is going to happen, yet knowing it’s not going to happen to me. The more realistic the thriller, the more entertaining. Ironic, isn’t it?

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    1. When it comes to horror movies, my logical side cannot get into the movies without overthinking the characters or the plot. However, I do love suspense… BUT, my hyperimaginative mind goes into overdrive after, causing me tons of anxiety and irrational thought! At that point, maybe what I’m experiencing is how you describe your anxiety… that something bad WILL happen (and that it will happen to me)!

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