Why We Fear Terrorism More Than We Should

“Americans are more afraid of terrorism than they are of guns, despite the fact that guns are 3,210 times more likely to kill them.”

What we fear often doesn’t match up with what we are actually most at risk of suffering and this Quartz article explores the psychological reasons why we fear terrorism so much.

It’s a combination of factors including our emotions overriding our logic, memories of previous terrorism acts that have been embedded in our mind due to fear, and our general inability to distinguish the difference between a one-in-a-thousand risk and a one-in-a-million risk.