For an adventurer and adrenaline junkie, life looks a lot different than a normal person craving stability. In other words, as a way of life, they crave the adrenaline rush over settling down. Furthermore, activities that would terrify a normal person, like base jumping excites them. As a result, the fight and flight response in their brain releases dopamine.
Furthermore, this is very similar to addiction to drugs. As the addict feeds on the dopamine as a way of life to get high. Similarly, an adrenaline junkie craves the adrenaline rush that released dopamine. And subsequently needs more and more extreme adventures to release the same amount of dopamine. So how do you know whether someone is an adrenaline junkie?. It’s very easy and all you have to do is look at their way of life.
Seeking Extreme Thrills
The first thing you will notice when dealing with an adrenaline junkie is that he/she needs extreme thrills and adrenaline rushes. Studies actually prove that the constant thrill-seeking would even re-wire their brain in some ways.
In addition to this, many of them are impulsive and get bored easily in normal settings. But when they are put into an extreme risk situation, they come alive. For instance, when an adrenaline junkie does extreme kayaking and reaches a very dangerous rapid. He/she actually has the ability to control their senses.
Furthermore, time slows down and their heartbeats slow down. Nothing in the world would matter to them other than the challenge in front. And most of the time they succeed in the challenge and look for bigger ones. Other than these behaviors, there are other things that can differentiate an adrenaline junkie from other people.
Willing To Take More Risks As A Way Of Life
Unlike other interests, an adrenaline junkie’s lifestyle cravings spill over into everyday life. They crave risks taking in their careers, relationships, and finances among others. And this sometimes works for them as big risks sometimes pay off.
On the other hand, it could also not work to their advantage and they could lose everything. So when you notice someone risking it big on a career idea, or living for the moment rather than saving, you might be looking at an adrenaline junkie.
Furthermore, they crave the adrenaline rush in every area of their life, including relationships. Hence, relationships have to excite them and stimulate them to keep them interested. Many of them prefer short them but intense relationships rather than long term commitments.
They Keep Moving
Most adventure junkies don’t care about stability. Hence, they move around a lot. Also, they invest in activities rather than real estate so they are extremely minimalistic in terms of owning things. Many of their belonging could easily fit into a backpack. Examples of this are seen during the hippie revolution in the US. Many adrenaline junkies decided to give up a normal life and stayed in tents. In addition to this, many of them took up free climbing as a hobby. And this is an extreme sport where you climb without safety harnesses.
In conclusion, being an adrenaline junkie as a way of life is very exciting. You get to travel the world, try out new adventures and live like there is no tomorrow. But on the other hand, it is wise to balance this with some stability as well.