posted on Feb, 28 2009 @ 02:18 AM
It isn't a supernatural fear.
Basements are dark and hard to escape from. You don't go in there as often as the rest of your house and you rarely see it bathed in comforting
natural light,the memories of which would push your darkness based fear aside. Assuming you aren't afraid of the dark.
Also, if someone or something were going to ambush you the basement is the best. There is no phone, no easy way of escaping, plenty of places to hide
in wait, and probably power tools. Plus your neighbors will never hear you scream. These are all obvious logical reasons your logical side uses to
give into your illogical fears. Also going underground makes you unconciously associate it with premature burial. The fear that you will be trapped
underground with no hope of escape.
And if you are putting the wash on, the noise of the machine would easily muffle your cries from the rest of the household. Then little johnny comes
down to see why mommy is taking so long, etc. etc. and pretty much all the work is done for said attacker, be it demon, alien, serial killer, or in
the case of my childhood fear of basements: an evil cyborg. (Not kidding btw - I used to dream about him. His hands made typewriter noises and he
would grab my ankle and drag me down as I tried to go up the stairs. My basement aslo had an unfinished room filled with mouldering baby furniture
enclosed by a glass door. That's where he lived.)