Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies
by Kenneth Carter
Pub Date 31 Oct 2019
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Most of us crave new experiences and sensations. Whether it's our attraction to that new burger place or the latest gadget, newness tugs at us. But what about those who can't seem to get enough? They jump out of planes, climb skyscrapers, and will eat anything (even poisonous pufferfish) … Prompting others to ask 'what's wrong' with them. These are high sensation-seekers and they crave intense experiences, despite physical, or social risk. They don't have a death wish, but seemingly a need for an adrenaline rush, no matter what. Buzz! describes the world of the high sensation-seeking personality in a way that we can all understand. It explores the lifestyle, psychology, and neuroscience behind adrenaline junkies and daredevils. This tendency, or compulsion, has a role in our culture. But where is the line between healthy and unhealthy thrill-seeking? The minds of these adventurers are explained page by page.
Our team worked closely with Kenneth Carter on a science exhibition about the motivations of extreme sports athletes. He has an amazing ability to clearly communicate the psychology of sensation-seekers through personal stories that dispel myths and stereotypes. Discover your own sensation-seeking traits and come away inspired to pursue personal goals with enthusiasm and purpose!
Science North, Canada
An engaging and informative romp through the fascinating world of thrill-seekers and risk-takers. Kenneth Carter does a skillful job of weaving scientific research with real-life examples, making the topic come alive for readers.
Scott O. Lilienfeld, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Emory University, Atlanta
Kenneth Carter brilliantly and seamlessly weaves together neuroscientific research with an extraordinary assortment of humorous, enlightening, and jaw-dropping anecdotes. He takes us on a fascinating journey; exploring the brain chemistry, cognitions, myriad behaviors, and relationships of thrill-seekers. Fasten your seatbelts - it's an amazing ride and a terrific book!
Lisa Ferentz, The Ferentz Institute and author of Treating Self-destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician's Guide