38: Getting your hit

A Thousand Things to Talk About
A Thousand Things to Talk About
38: Getting your hit


Today, we’re talking about getting your hit

What’s your adrenaline rush?

Show notes and links:
Edgework: The Sociology of Risk-taking
This Book is Not FOR SALE on Goodreads.

Full episode text

Adrenaline is a hell of a drug. It’s chemically related to amphetamines, and just about all of us know at least one trigger that gets our adrenaline pumping.

Which sometimes, is great. Other times, it’s about the last thing we want. However, it often ends up being more about the emotions we’re associating with the rush than the rush itself. Studies done in 1962 showed that the physiological arousal associated with adrenaline, absent of any emotional trigger, is not associated with any particular emotion.

However, individuals will use terms like “fear” or “urgency” or “excitement” interchangeably with the actual experience of an adrenaline rush. This heightening of the existing emotional state, or the creation of a new one in response to the physical arousal of adrenaline, becomes synonymous.

And this reaction can – and often is – used to our benefit. There are adrenaline junkies that make use of their rush, sometimes even turning it into a career. There are also adrenaline junkies that are always chasing their next hit, just like any other drug. However you choose to manage your high, knowing what your rush is gives you the chance to think about how you’ll react to it, instead of letting your reaction entirely surprise or control you.

And it’s not always jumping off bridges or running into burning buildings. In his book This Book is NOT for Sale, Jarod Kintz outlines his idea of a rush:

“A sofa on an elevator would be like a slow roller coaster where you get to work on your small talk skills. Oh yes, I am an adrenaline junky.”