Why we love to scare ourselves silly Updated 5:43 AM ET, Fri October 28, 2016 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly "Christ in Limbo," painted by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch about 1575, told people what their fate would be if they didn't follow Christ. Today, Bosch may fascinate us for other reasons.Hide Caption 1 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly This detail of hell from Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" triptych is admired for its painterly skill and may speak to us at a deeper psychological level.Hide Caption 2 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly "The Last Judgment" was painted by Giotto di Bondone on a wall of Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy. Seeing scary images like this may give us a real rush of adrenaline. Hide Caption 3 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly We may love seeing zombies from "The Walking Dead" in part because we like to prove to ourselves that we can handle it.Hide Caption 4 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly Zombies from TV's "The Walking Dead" might also appeal because, when we watch the show with others, we can show them that we are tough enough to take the gore.Hide Caption 5 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly After a real murder in Wisconsin, researchers observed that more people chose the movie "In Cold Blood" over a Disney film when both played nearby.Hide Caption 6 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly Researchers say you should never force a child to visit a haunted house, particularly if they can't tell the difference between what is real and what isn't.Hide Caption 7 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly Children traumatized by horror films, like the "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," or by haunted houses may avoid them for life.Hide Caption 8 of 9 Photos: Why we love to scare ourselves silly Some people like seeing Freddy Krueger in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" because they feel a sense of calm and happiness when the movie is over. Hide Caption 9 of 9Scientists say it is good for us to experience scary films and images, if we have a healthy relationship with fear.More from Health'Avatar therapy' aims to help those who hear voicesHow your scalding hot deep fryer might help cool the weatherFederal judge strikes down Texas abortion banLoss of the night: Light pollution rising rapidly on a global scaleHealth effects of coffee: Where do we stand?