Do you fear the dark without a night light? - abyssglow

Do you fear the dark without a night light?

The fear arises from the unknown.

Just as one fears the dark because they can't see the path ahead.

Do you fear the dark? Even in familiar and comfortable places during the day – like the park by your home, the cozy bed in your dorm, or even your own room – once the lights go out, it can feel like all sorts of monsters are lurking, ready to engulf us from every direction.

You might have heard of some related psychological conditions, such as thalassophobia, claustrophobia, nyctophobia, megalophobia... They're not illnesses, yet they're more elusive than any disease. Undoubtedly, these symptoms stem from primitive fears embedded in human genes since ancient times: death, darkness, the unknown. In those ancient times, they equated to death!

Today, let's delve into the ultimate fear: 'darkness.'
Firstly, humans lack night vision, a foundational aspect of this fear.
Researchers speculate that this innate fear dates back to a period in human history when we were far from the top of the food chain. It was only relatively recently, with the advent of technology, that we became super predators.

Back when humans weren't at the top of the food chain, we weren't just predators; we were also prey. Most predators were nocturnal, making us particularly vulnerable at night due to our relatively poor night vision. Thus, for our ancestors, safety in the dead of night was crucial for survival, as otherwise, things could turn deadly. Over the years, this nighttime fear became ingrained in our instincts, and today, we still experience mild anxiety.

Researchers from the University of Toronto in Canada suggest that this anxiety isn't a momentary fright but rather an enduring premonitory fear. It keeps us on edge, similar to what our ancestors needed. This form of anxiety is the body's way of keeping you alert, so you're not caught unprepared to 'fight or flee' from danger.
Fundamentally, the fear of darkness is the fear of the unknown. Unable to see what's out there, we're terrified because our imagination fills the void with the worst possible scenarios. For ancient humans, those things were lions and other predators. In today's predator-less urban world, it's monsters. We've created monsters to fill the void left by predators. The principle behind horror movies is a perfect example—good horror doesn't directly show the monster because your imagination makes it even scarier.

As early human civilization slowly evolved into today's urban society, our fear of darkness persisted. It's become a bit peculiar now, though, as most people no longer need to fear the dark, especially with light bulbs, phone screens, TVs, and such. Nonetheless, these things have turned darkness into a choice rather than an inevitability. We can install various lights at home—wall lights, motion sensor night lights, table lampsDecorative Lights—to avoid it.

Though this fear is no longer necessary, it persists, which is quite puzzling. Across many years, our distant ancestors passed down this trait until it became ingrained in our psyche. Humanity has existed on Earth for a very long time, and only recently has this fear become a hindrance for those living in large cities.

Although we no longer need this fear, it still exists, which is quite perplexing. Over the years, our distant ancestors passed down this trait until it became embedded in our souls. Humanity has existed on Earth for ages, and it's only recently that this fear became a hindrance for those living in big cities.
Ultimately, people's fear of darkness stems from deep within, from the mental tension it evokes. However, it's this fear of the dark that has pushed humanity, as a species, to evolve and emerge from the predatory ecological environment.
Perhaps, being afraid of the dark isn't such a bad thing after all. After all, it's our fear of the dark that drives us to seek the light.