Sensation Seeking

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Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils and Adrenaline Junkies

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.

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October 2019 Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa
December 2019 Asia
January 2020 Australia

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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA  Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch

“Dr. Carter brilliantly and seamlessly weaves together accessible neuroscience and research with an extraordinary assortment of humorous, enlightening, and jaw -dropping anecdotes. He takes us on a fascinating and sometimes startling journey; exploring the intriguing personalities, brain chemistry, cognitions, myriad behaviors, and relationships of thrill-adventure, high sensation, and experience seekers. Fasten your seatbelts- it’s an amazing ride and a terrific book!”

Science North, Canada

“Dr. Carter 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!”

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Psychology, Emory University, USA

“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.”