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Why people love ghost stories (and scaring themselves silly)

Published on 10 July 2018|
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Everyone loves a good scare.
By Louise M, Carrybeans

Whether you believe in the existence of ghosts or not, you can’t deny that a lot of people are believers. Others are more sceptical because they believe in a higher power, or haven’t had any personal experiences with the supernatural.

When I was in primary school, the book “True Singapore Ghost Stories” was famed for giving us lingering goosebumps. It made even the non-readers pick up on the reading habit. The books went from one reader to another, and the spooky tales were shared with many (un)willing listeners.

So, why do so many people love scaring themselves silly?

5 reasons why people love ghost stories


We have our own experiences. People who have encountered the unexplainable feel better knowing that their experiences are valid.

Active imagination

Credit: Stranger Dimensions

Our imagination is a powerful tool. We can create something out of nothing and see things from the corner of our eyes.


The stories make us wonder what else is out there. Did our (grand)parents tell us about ghosts to scare us to sleep or were they legit warnings?

Adrenaline rush

We like to get our blood pumping and hearts pounding. Our body releases adrenaline when we are faced with fear.

Being courageous

Credit: Will Stewart

We challenge ourselves to feel brave and prove that we are not a bunch of scaredy-cats. The chills and thrills somehow leave us with a positive feeling.

Like Singapore, Sabah has its own version of true ghost stories too. They always seem to slip their way into a lot of conversations, especially when it’s late at night. And I don’t know about you, but for me, Asian ghosts make the scariest stories!

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