What You Accomplished This Halloween (And Didn't Even Realize)

November 5, 2014 10:29 PM

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What You Accomplished This Halloween (And Didn't Even Realize)

You got more done this Halloween than you realize -- and we don't just mean killing it in your costume. You took the opportunity to do what the holiday allows you safely to do: Stare down the things that scare you. And doing that, on purpose, is what helps you neutralize their power. Think back to a childhood Halloween costume that seemed oh-so-scary on the night of October 31. Come the next morning, you saw that same costume lying limply on its hanger, exposed for the hunk of polyester and vinyl that is was.

As a species, we've ritually, regularly, and uniquely confronted fear for a long time. We don't, for example, take one night a year, as a culture, to embrace embarrassment or guilt. In fact, Americans shell out half a billion dollars every year for scary movies, just to cringe behind a bucket of pop...

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