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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Cambridge University Press
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Carol Kean
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We see them in sit-coms and movies. We see them hanging out with our children. The guy (less often, it's a gal) who can't just chill out and watch a movie or hang out doing ordinary things. In college, my husband survived a year with one of these "HSS" - High Sensation Seeking - guys as a roommate. The kind of guy who'd drive an hour through a blizzard for that one pizza you can't get anywhere else. The guy who jumps off rooftops into the snow.

Author Kenneth Carter has a kind and compassionate v
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Kay
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
At first, I was fearful I'd picked a type of text book lite on the topic of thrill and sensation seeking. This started with some psychology testing jargon, including appendixes in the back to do some self-testing. Included are short questionnaires for Zuckerman's Senstion-Seeking Scale Form V, the AISS (Arnett Inventory of Sensation-Seeking), and the Grit Scale. I'm glad these foundational items were dealt with and the well-qualified author, Dr. Carter, moved on to individual stories he gathered ...more
Greg
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology, science
I always wonder why there are people who keep on doing dangerous things like sky diving, crossing one building to another in a rope, go on risky adventures, and many more.

This book help clarify what goes on the minds of those individuals. Reading this book makes me learn that I am a low sensation seeking individual compared to those high seeking individuals (HSSs) I read about here.

I learned about what makes HSSs who they are, what benefits to they get from their activities. I also recognize pe
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Kevin
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Day in the Life of A Thrill Seeker

This thought provoking book sits comfortably outside the proverbial parameters of pop psychology. It is a great book for the thrill seeker and those who have an adventuresome thrill seeker in their life. Buzz has a few easy to access diagnostic tools that a thrill seeker can use to gauge their understanding of thrill seeking. This book also delves into the thrill seeker mystique; while acknowledging and challenging woefully misguided assumptions about thrill s
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Dr. Ken Carter is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University, where he teaches introductory courses in psychology as well as advanced courses in clinical psychopharmacology, research methods, and personality.

His first book Learn Psychology was published in 2013. His second book Buzz!: Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies
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