No not the R.L. Stien books, although those were pretty fucking awesome. Im talking about actually goosebumpies on your skin, you know the kind you get when you pop out of the shower or when you feel embarrassed or scared. Those!. So why do you get them? Apparently it goes way back like caveman pre human monkey people way back times.
Goosebumbs are caused when tiny lil muscles that are attached to hair follicles contract and crate a depression in your skin, which then makes the surrounding areas look like they have been raised and makes your hair stand up. For our old timey ancestors, this came in handy during chilly times, because they had fur. “In animals with a thick hair coat this rising of hair expands the layer of air that serves as insulation. The thicker the hair layer, the more heat is retained. In people this reaction is useless because we do not have a hair coat, but goosebumps persist nevertheless.”
Funny huh? We don’t need it but we have it. When it comes to goosebumps for scary or stressful situations, scientists attribute that to the release of adrenaline in your system. it’s just one of the added side affects of your body trying super hard not to freak out. In people with anxiety disorders (aka:me L) this is broken…haha your body cant deal with stress like other folks and so it just mega freaks out. During some of my scariest anxiety attacks, I’ve had goosebumps repeatedly for hours!...
And so there you have it. Old timey skills and adrenaline junkies.