Addicted to Being Scared: What it Means to Be an Adrenaline Junkie
Ever see free runners, base jumpers, frequent skydivers and just wonder “why?” The addiction to thrill is a lot similar to the addiction to heroin. These daredevils are addicted to being scared.
Ever see free runners, base jumpers, frequent skydivers and just wonder “why?” Everyone knows someone who loves danger, but it’s hard to understand the reason behind it. The internet is loaded with videos of people performing crazy stunts. Just watching these risky actions can make a person’s stomach drop. The addiction to thrill is a lot similar to the addiction to heroin. You can’t get enough of it, and you always need more.
Just like there are heroin junkies, there are adrenaline junkies as well. Adrenaline is a hormone that makes your heartbeat, your blood rush, and your focus increase. As a result, endorphins release, all pain is decreased, and the feeling is euphoric.
For evolutionary purposes, Adrenaline is excellent. When you’re in a life-threatening situation, it releases and causes you to have the attention and stamina to survive either by “flight or fight.” However, there are those that lack adrenaline. They compensate by putting themselves in frightening, threatening and or dramatic situations just to feel the rush. For adrenaline junkies, that scared feeling is actually an incredible high. They’re the type of people that, after a car accident, they’ll look at you with crazy eyes and a smile and say “wooh! what a rush.”
With every high, there is a low. Once the addiction begins the post-high, or crash gets depressing. Adrenaline seekers are just waiting for the next thrill be it extreme sports or a heated argument with a person they value. In relationships, adrenaline junkies get their fix by causing a dramatic scene, and when it’s over, they’re way up in the clouds leaving the people around them down and out. All for a few hours of euphoria.