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Remembering negative emotional events increases the likelihood of survival, (so there is natural selection for it) …Rabbit#1 who knows what a fox looks like because it remembers when one ate its relatives, is more likely to survive than rabbit#2 who witnessed the same bunnycide but could not recall it at some point in the future when a fox approached.also see ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion_and_memory
Good point! When anything bad happens, it's better to run like 'ell first, and analyze second. (A life skill that's important to learn if you live near Glasgow.)