Paranoia. The creaking sound as the house settles at night, the rustling of branches just outside the window, the sudden barks of neighbourhood dogs. Its things like this that, for a brief moment, make you more alert to the world. For a split second all the things your parent’s told you has gone out the window.
“There’s no such thing.” You tell yourself. It’s been drilled into you since you can remember. Since your parent’s had to first reassure you that the shadows on the wall were merely that, shadows. That our nightmares are simply just dreams.
Our whole lives we’ve been told that there’s nothing out there to get us.
But our minds know otherwise. It’s hardwired into our brains. It’s the reason you pause when you hear the floorboards groan at night, it’s the reason you instinctively keep your arm from dangling off the side of the bed. It’s the reason you hide under the darkness. Our brains are programmed to protect ourselves after all. Human consciousness may have evolved to ignore our predators, but our subconscious instincts know better.
A moment uninterrupted by “there’s no such thing”. The split second that you dive under the covers, or gasp at the sound of old floorboards, that’s the subconscious mind, warning you of the creatures just outside your blind spot.
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