What Is The Scariest Thing?

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    Everyone is scared of something ... but what's the SCARIEST thing? Is it even possible to answer such a question? In this special I explore the dark recesses of the mind to learn how fears are born and whether there exists a grand, unifying terror.

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    SEASON 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqKdE...

    SEASON 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sl5K...

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    INDEX
    0:00 Intro
    02:37 Fear Conditioning
    06:03 Amygdala and Hippocampus
    06:49 Innate Aversions
    07:39 The Web of Fear
    08:38 Fear of Death
    10:30 Informational Learning/Storytelling
    12:02 Nomophobia
    12:48 Isolation
    15:25 Fear of the Dark
    17:36 Fear of Sounds
    17:58 Auditory Cortex, Thalamus, and Amygdalae
    19:41 Dissonance
    22:00 Law of Contagion
    23:23 Piloerection Reflex
    24:49 Distorted Forms
    27:14 Vicarious Learning/Social Fear Transmission
    30:05 Innate Aversions
    31:14 Category Jamming
    35:04 Patient SM, Non-Functioning Amygdalae
    36:44 Suffocation
    37:54 Midbrain, Brain Stem

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the scariest thing is thing stabbed to death with a butter knife.

Vor 19 Stunden
Nalani Jordan
Nalani Jordan

Anyone else think a never ending time loop of a specific time or event is scariest thing?

Vor Tag
Stag
Stag

SOMA.

Vor 2 Tage
Zer0
Zer0

As someone who has experienced suffocation, I can definitely attest to it being the most terrifying possible thing.

Vor 2 Tage
real
real

happy second anniversary

Vor 2 Tage
Robert Anthony
Robert Anthony

THE THING THAT SCARES PEOPLE THE MOST IS THE TRUTH

Vor 2 Tage
Daddy Vader
Daddy Vader

The most scary Thing is the unknown well for me but yea i have small level of autism and in All chases it can provoke anxiety if its unknown like My first time driving a car or My first exams stuff that i have No idea what is like or what is gonna happen at the end of it

Vor 2 Tage
Sarienn Horror Narrator
Sarienn Horror Narrator

Death. Being forgotten.

Vor 3 Tage
Kaizer Paul Seloterio
Kaizer Paul Seloterio

so in the future maybe 3d cinemas will include co2 air vents on their chair for super scarry movies. hahah

Vor 3 Tage
Hao Wu
Hao Wu

before watching this, i didnt know i am fearful to so many things. Lol

Vor 3 Tage
John Xina
John Xina

So no one gonna talk about the 'the shining' refrence, I mean that's exactly Stanley Kubrick started that movie.

Vor 4 Tage
Vorecious
Vorecious

15:12 anyone noticed the doll 💀

Vor 4 Tage
kavin Fidel
kavin Fidel

“Not the snake,the hands” Lmao

Vor 5 Tage
Sausage Sanga
Sausage Sanga

Ayo why isn't my brother in this?

Vor 7 Tage
GojiraUltimaGaming
GojiraUltimaGaming

perfect example for law of contagion is: everywhere at the end of time

Vor 9 Tage
General Kenobi
General Kenobi

Nobody’s talking about the live doll just chilling in the background

Vor 9 Tage
D R P
D R P

3:55 oh your gay

Vor 10 Tage
Joany Sohayda
Joany Sohayda

Scariest thing possible- No question about it....... My mother pissed off. She worked in a gas station by herself. 2 chumps come in with guns to rob the till and my mom. Theyre both armed n start fighting each other.. Whats mom to do?? She disarms both men n gets theyre weapons, she then makes each man sit in separate chairs-opposite sides of the store (to keep them from fighting). And they're in there seats she made them remain until police showed up. It was the same technique she would employ upon my sister n I if we fought. Nothing makes u want to get along n play like being forced to sit in a chair facing each other not being able to play...

Vor 10 Tage
Desr gamers qumpai
Desr gamers qumpai

Fear is the mind killer.

Vor 10 Tage
Jan Bas De Groot
Jan Bas De Groot

The electricity of my house stopped 17:44 I’m not kidding. I consciously turned on the light before this video because I did not want to be scared

Vor 11 Tage
Sherlockowiec
Sherlockowiec

Vsauce cosplaying Doctor Hugo Strange

Vor 11 Tage
Silvia Giachin
Silvia Giachin

Did you see the dolls head move?

Vor 12 Tage
Leon
Leon

Michael says he's alone Me: Floating Camera.

Vor 12 Tage
Marife Quiambao
Marife Quiambao

Yes Michael ( Nothing) because the scariest or afraid is there in mind o brain,Imaginary a creation of the mind,to think of something and to picture in the mind.only in the mind.okey thank you.

Vor 12 Tage
Sammie Freshener
Sammie Freshener

I saw that he included a merchnadise of his or similar to his which moved.( that one in the wrack ) Btw thanks for not keeping disturbing stuff, what you showed wre scary , but I have seen worse, in facebook and some other places in theird deepest scrolling and ofcource my first biggest fear was dark web but i binged some youtube on it. Im still scared , i see disturbing things every now and then but its distorted and if it isnst I will distort it by force , this vision had made me always hard time in when i close my eyes , i wont say what i saw , because im afraid that perhaps its more disturbing than say id die than say what i saw , because as far as I know those are pretty disturbing than the scariest videos i have seen, you can imagine the darkest things , darkest human being and so on , its similar to that, but regardless im glad it doesnt affect me very much. Im 19 and yet sometimes I use to go to my parents room and sleep in sofa , why ? because . sleeping alone after binging certain stuff caused heavy breathings and anxiety. Its quite possible that fear torture can make people go insane , its possible to be forever disturbed " Disturbed " " DISTURBED " ( as the last word gets louder )

Vor 13 Tage
Haze
Haze

Oil, elevated co2 level is real, now get panic.

Vor 14 Tage
MJ
MJ

Heehee

Vor 15 Tage
urboilemon
urboilemon

Fun Fact: Michaels child is gonna be scared of purple squares.

Vor 15 Tage
Yildirim Arda Akbas - Classical Music
Yildirim Arda Akbas - Classical Music

İf you are watching this when you are alone, I dare you to watch it again and watch it in full screen.

Vor 16 Tage
Kevin McNemar
Kevin McNemar

Try spending 8 months in solitary confinement.. Its not years like some people but after about 4 months you begin to lose your mind. It's nice for a while as an introvert especially but even the most anti social people begin to crave human contact. Psychological torture...

Vor 16 Tage
Crowntheropod
Crowntheropod

Vsauce in thumbnail is the scariest thing

Vor 16 Tage
HatDowg
HatDowg

Yey im gotta clog my brain so i wont remember school stuff Actually this coudl be useful

Vor 16 Tage
Doobu
Doobu

im scared of shapes now

Vor 16 Tage
Joshua Batz
Joshua Batz

I'll be honest, the fear was kind of ruined by the ads

Vor 19 Tage
ItzDa Hermit
ItzDa Hermit

"Hey, Michael! What are you gonna dress up as for Halloween?" Michael: 39:51

Vor 20 Tage
thecommenter
thecommenter

25:18 I wonder if this is why villains in disney movies have less symmetrical faces. I dont trust people that like disney movies.

Vor 20 Tage
Matias Laurila
Matias Laurila

Hmm, why wouldn't a blind person be afraid of the dark? Maybe it is because they cannot feel darkness.

Vor 20 Tage
Matias Laurila
Matias Laurila

Scariest thing on earth is losing your souls in Dark Souls.

Vor 20 Tage
Wither
Wither

if you want an example of a happy song being turned into something horrifying, just look up the fight scene in Evangelion (specifically the movie version) with unit 01 vs unit 04.....that stuck with me for a long time....

Vor 20 Tage
x2mars
x2mars

I’d like to see a study of the fear that can be encountered will using LSd

Vor 21 Tag
ASHOKA The Great
ASHOKA The Great

Awesome! Salute to Your Dedication Micheal ! Keep it up bro.

Vor 21 Tag
Happy Mask Salesman
Happy Mask Salesman

Video released before the Pandemic. Totally not weird.

Vor 22 Tage
THE COOL BROS
THE COOL BROS

Hi

Vor 22 Tage
Hashim Davis
Hashim Davis

Interesting. The amygdala will actually inhibit a fear response if it's coming from within.... is this why it's so easy for people to commit suicide? Someone putting a gun up to your head is external, thus eliciting pure fear... but if you're the one who puts the gun to your head.. you still may be afraid of the *process* that goes along with this action.. but because your own self is about to kill you.. there really is no fear of.. taking a life, of killing, of dying. If this is the case, what if we were able to come up with some kind of drug that tricked our brain into thinking our own suicidal thoughts were an external threat? Would this keep people from committing suicide? maybe.. maybe not. Especially if the individual was psychotic. But maybe a drug like this could stave off suicide long enough for the patient to receive adequate treatment

Vor 22 Tage
Quocalimar Anon
Quocalimar Anon

Spoiler for the video: I had a dream about dying from not breathing properly, so the way the video ended definitely just put a lot of fear in me.

Vor 24 Tage
ながと ゆき
ながと ゆき

36:45 "Lack of Oxygen may make you feel euphoric before you pass out" Hmmm.. So that's why they are doing that in "those" videos. Interesting

Vor 24 Tage
Omegablue
Omegablue

2:44, if ya know, ya know

Vor 24 Tage
big man doggo
big man doggo

to me the only scariest thing is when your mom started chasing you with a slipper and shouting "walang huya kang bata" translation: (you are a shameless child)

Vor 25 Tage
pybro
pybro

fnaf foxy jumpscare

Vor 25 Tage
Yaotl Gutiérrez
Yaotl Gutiérrez

🟪

Vor 25 Tage
Rahan M
Rahan M

25:15 AOT: WRITE THAT DOWN WRITE THAT DOWN

Vor 26 Tage
Rahan M
Rahan M

if you think about it now onwards if Michael has a kid he would be afraid purple squares

Vor 26 Tage
Josiah the NF
Josiah the NF

I hope I’m not the only one to watch the entire video…anyone scared?

Vor 26 Tage
Josiah the NF
Josiah the NF

26:20 YEAAHHHH, Azog!

Vor 26 Tage
Josiah the NF
Josiah the NF

I’m convinced, Michael’s longer beard made him more insane

Vor 26 Tage
Manningee
Manningee

What if he just stopped in the middle as soon as we get interested

Vor 26 Tage
Spider
Spider

15:11 uhhh the doll in the back...

Vor 26 Tage
Spider
Spider

"human beings are social animals" yeah so introversion isnt normal.

Vor 26 Tage
Spider
Spider

9:45 dont starve

Vor 26 Tage
Anonymous Animal
Anonymous Animal

does this include covid-19 pneumonia? I feel sorry for my Mom who passed away … RIP Mother

Vor 27 Tage
BEASTBLOXPLAYS
BEASTBLOXPLAYS

I'm scared of when you loss eggs

Vor 27 Tage
Kasket007
Kasket007

Interrogators at Guantanamo Bay: "WRite THAt DOWn WRITE THAT DOWN!-"

Vor 27 Tage
Aaron Jones
Aaron Jones

That intro with the car combines Halloween and The Shining

Vor 27 Tage
David Magalhães
David Magalhães

Tem lixo apoiador de bandido antes do vídeo!

Vor 28 Tage
Zombie Gamer NFG
Zombie Gamer NFG

Rock papers Scissors with the mirror and wining

Vor 28 Tage
Bruno Eira
Bruno Eira

My plan for Halloween:

Vor 28 Tage
Exile4life1
Exile4life1

Anybody else rewatching this for Halloween today lol

Vor 28 Tage
Its a eggplant
Its a eggplant

Yup

Vor 28 Tage
Okorie Emmanuel
Okorie Emmanuel

Watching this on Halloween , how perfect!

Vor 28 Tage
Oneboss 76
Oneboss 76

Ahhh, yes! One of my favorite YouTube videos. Quite fun to watch on Halloween, for all the spooks

Vor 29 Tage
Caleb White
Caleb White

25:32 bru the puppet

Vor 29 Tage
Suveer Singh
Suveer Singh

Who cares about the gun devil when we have the elevation of carbon dioxide in the blood stream caused by an uncontrollable external threat! devil

Vor 29 Tage
TheRobsRobs
TheRobsRobs

vsace my field

Vor 29 Tage
D.L. Loonabide
D.L. Loonabide

Dangnabbit?

Vor 29 Tage
ItAppearsToBeThatHeeManHasNoNiceCleanLettuce🚫
ItAppearsToBeThatHeeManHasNoNiceCleanLettuce🚫

A rubber duck

Vor Monat
Cumber
Cumber

"what's your worst fear?" "Increased Carbon Dioxide in the blood caused by an uncontrollable Threat"

Vor Monat
Skyde
Skyde

It's oviously fnaf

Vor Monat
Pan con queso Tapondo
Pan con queso Tapondo

The thing more scariest is live in latam

Vor Monat
Dustin Tacohands
Dustin Tacohands

Hitlers wasent so bad but the two others scared me before I knew the artist.

Vor Monat
Holtijaar
Holtijaar

Huh what is a better time to watch this video than Halloween season. Honestly I can relate to this so much. Last week I was sick with cold and I had one of the most terrifying experiences I ever had in my life. I almost suffocated on my own snot in my sleep. It must have poured down the back of my throat and blocked it. The whole ordeal lasted probably no longer than a minute or two, but felt like 10 minutes at least. I suddenly woke up with overwhelming panic, desperately gasping for air, but I couldn't breathe at all. I tried to cough the snot out, but I wasn't able to no matter how hard I tried coughing. The room was pitch black, I couldn't see anything. I fumbled around with my hand and turned on the lamp on the night stand only to notice that my vision is all blurry and I still can't barely see anything. I had a disturbing feeling like half of my brain knew that I was in my bedroom, but the other half had no idea where I was. Fever and being suddenly pulled out of sleep also added to the confusion. My head was spinning, my legs and arms were shaking, my eyes tearing up. I was high on andrenaline like never before in my life. I was choking and coughing the whole time and it came to me that if I don't do something quick, I will loose consciousness and surely die. I had a minute or two at most. I felt I am losing more control over my body with every passing second. "Think fast man" I thought. I managed to slide down the side of my bed, head down, hoping to get gravity to help me and it worked. I managed to cough it out and finally got a breath of that precious air. It smelled like something wonderful, it tasted like life. I was so relieved. It took me quite a while to calm down and to wrap my head around what has just happened. It was one of the scariest experiences in my life, and it actually conditioned me to being uneasy about going to sleep for a few next nights. Thanks for reading my story.

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EpicUni0n
EpicUni0n

The IRS

Vor Monat
Tobias Elkwood
Tobias Elkwood

randomness, causing someone to be unable to know how to control their fear. not like a ghost or a doll or something mainstream like that. something so physically random, something so unique, something so physically repelling and impossible looking. something larger, in size and power. something that can run faster, something so fast. we fear randomness, power, and the unknown. this comes from our survival instincts. people fear what they dont understand. they fear randomness, something they cant comprehend, or predict. this is why many people fear spirits, the devil, entities, and jumpscares.

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David Michelson
David Michelson

Pigs are killed in carbon dioxide gas chambers. Apparently the scariest thing is what we call "Humane" slaughter.

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Solowinged
Solowinged

So how would I wear that as a Halloween costume

Vor Monat
Zen
Zen

Michael was scared to the square because he thought it was the squid game one

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BigFanOfManyThings
BigFanOfManyThings

Watching this after ‘squid game’ so can never see things like at 2:44 the same way again...

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Chesnaught_PH
Chesnaught_PH

🟪

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Nothsa Rekcap
Nothsa Rekcap

The scariest thing is being trapped and immortal in isolation with no oxygen in an unfamiliar corrupted disease ridden and cursed location surrounded by corpses and stalked in the shadows and tormented by some unseen eldritch horror appearing when you least expect as your mind turns on itself leaving just enough awareness to know you’re no longer in control and experience everything without being numbed to it.

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Chesnaught_PH
Chesnaught_PH

poor Michael

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racist
racist

you

Vor Monat
Bruz Almighty
Bruz Almighty

the scariest thing is... holy waters LOL

Vor Monat
H2O Brigade
H2O Brigade

"Something that is panic inducing , even to those who want to die." >Immediately get Advertisement Yeah fair.

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Gurkirat Singh
Gurkirat Singh

The scariest thing is performing exorcism with conjuring

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Neka Konjina
Neka Konjina

Probably the fear of the unknown. The human mind can make very scary shit.

Vor Monat
Noah Dillon
Noah Dillon

I just happened to be watching this exactly two years after it came out and that kinda freaked me out 😅

Vor Monat
Steven Bird
Steven Bird

The Aztec death whistle for creepy sound…. https://youtu.be/_Sw0VCtZs-g

Vor Monat
just_banana3
just_banana3

15:10 yo look at the doll

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Pradeep Saharan
Pradeep Saharan

Immortality is something one should be afraid of for real...bcz after a point of time, you will ultimately be alone in the darkness of the universe...forever🤡

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♡ こむぎ ♡
♡ こむぎ ♡

I’m so afraid of context 😰😥😰😰🤭🤭😭😭😢😢😱😱😓😓😓

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Content
Content

Hey Micheal, don't press "read more" 🟪

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Mansha Jain D
Mansha Jain D

Why did I watched this at night ??

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