For people with high self-esteem, hills literally seem less steep and scary objects less threatening.
“Those with fewer friends, with lower self-esteem, and with less opportunity to disclose their emotions tend to visually amplify threats,” says Kent Harber, associate professor of psychology at Rutgers-Newark.
“Their perceptions are exaggerated, and disturbing things appear higher, closer, of greater duration, or more intense than they actually are.”
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