We’re terrified of spiders yet hundreds of thousands will die in auto crashes every year and only a few will suffer fatal bites. We think we don’t need sunscreen but cases of skin cancer are on the rise. Some of us carry guns in case of home burglary but an average 15 million people will have their identity stolen and according to the FBI only a few thousand violent home invasions will occur. Our fears are often misplaced, in large part due to media coverage and sensationalism, but some of it is grounded in our genetics. This article from Scientific American has a great exploration of how our fears develop and what allows some of them to get out of control. And remember if you ever get scared, it’s perfectly OK to crawl into bed with a cup of hot coco and read more comics.