The picture below, is from today right before the crazy hail storm. I saw this cloud and thought it was a tornado. I was afraid, yet I had never seen a tornado, so i continued to drive. As I got closer to this cloud, I started to see the hail storm, not realizing at first it was hail my inital instinct was you dumby you just drove yourself into a tornado. Then the hail hit my car and while I was relieved that I in fact had not driven into a tornado.. I had to drive in the quarter sized hail, though only about a mile to reach my home. It was still very scary.
I decided to wait this storm out in my car, in fear I would get hurt by hail. I sat in my car maybe 2 minutes when a bolt of lighening hit the ground inches from my car.. I am not a fan of lighting, at all, I would rather get a tooth pulled then see a lightening strike. So screaming at the top of my lungs, I jumped out of the car and bolted for my front door. I made it in my house within seconds, though looking like I decided to stand in the rain for five minutes before entering the house. My fear motivated me to risk getting hurt by the large hail so I could get into my home, where it was safer.
The emotion of terror, I feared lightening so much, I wanted to get to the safest place I could.
Negative Valence: I thought I was driving into a tornado, which made me panic.
Positive Valence: Realizing it was just a hail storm, though I was still panicing.
As I was waiting in my car and heard thunder, and finally saw lightening I was content on being afraid in my car, until i saw lightening hit inches from my car.
I am completely aware my level of fear was irrational. The flooding feelings of terror were not within my control when the lightening hit inches from my car. My instict reaction was to grab my purse and bolt for my front door. All previous fears of getting hurt from the hail disappeared, as I exited my car.