THE SNIPER EXPERIENCE

The thrill seeker personality has many various definitions. Some behaviors that unite us all are the fact that we constantly are in need of stimuli in various forms. Trough our lifetime we are referred to as many things; restless, dare-devils, suicidal, distracted, challenging, never satisfied, impulsive, spontaneous, adventures, creative, inpatient, un-stimulated, and so on.

My personality is best described as a person in constant need of stimuli, new impressions and organization. When life around me gets to mellow and I get stuck in routines and maintenance I get bored and loose interest and enthusiasm. I always want to learn and discover something new, go somewhere else and am in constant need of excitements. If there is no action in my life, I make sure I get it. I am either overly exited or closed to depressed. I call it "on or off" or "either or personality". I am either psyched about what I am doing or I am falling asleep. There is nothing in-between.

To satisfy my needs over the years I have seen and done many things. Almost to the point that people think I am lying when I talk about my experiences. Also significant for my personality is my call for perfectionism and order, as well as the fact that I am a very emotional and passionate person. Some think this personality might be a problem, but not if you learn to accept, use and live with it. We can't all stand by the same assembly line at Volvo all our lives. Some of us have the need to travel the world and try everything life has to offer. My website show pictures from doing just that!

In market in and promotion we use the terms need, want and demand to determine the level of desire for a certain product or service. When it comes to a personality like mine I have learned that it absolutely crucial that I satisfy my needs. Otherwise I fall in to boredom and likely minor depression. In other words, my need of stimuli is a defined as a need. I rare cases we do see people die of boredom if they do not learn to cope with a new inactive lifestyle. Their meaning of life.

Need: an object or necessity for survival such as food, shelter and life saving medicines or water.
Want: a desire for things above and beyond what is needed.
Demand: a forceful request for either a needed or wanted item, often created my marketing or branding.

I don’t know if I am inventing a term now, but I have a repetitive reaction that I get every time I get back from a longer journey, vacation, or just an action packed weekend. I call it Post Adventure Depression (PAD). Very simplified it is cooping with getting back to every day repetitive activities. This depression is affecting work and my personal life. At work I just wish there was more action, and after work I get very lonely. The closest to a cure I get is to activate myself on daily basis after work. I find all kinds of extreme sports giving me some satisfaction. I spend my thoughts planning and focusing on my next adventure, to the point where people calls me a dreamer.

Below are some definitions and explanations to the personality Sniper has been categorized in. I will also give a brief understanding of terminology that you will come across reading about thrill seeking personalities. I hope you get a better understanding of me and also find explanations why you feel like you do...

 

PERSONALITY DESCRIPTIONS

TYPE-T PERSONALITY

Psychologist Frank Farley added this to personality type to the traditional duo of Type-A personality and Type-B personality. Type-T is characterized by taking risks and constantly seeking excitement, novelty, and other stimulation. Type-T personalities can be channeled either creatively and/or destructively.

Brain researchers found that some people lack an enzyme (called MAO) that facilitates neuron transmission between receptors. Adventure and thrill seekers seem to be deficient in this MAO enzyme. The only way a type-T person can get elevated levels is by doing high-adrenaline activities." True adrenaline junkies are the ones who cannot be happy unless they push the limits in some way. They are these extreme people who do their work with great professionalism, but when you go out to a pub with them, they're completely different. They spend life in a fast intense way, and love trying everything life has to offer. They don't seem to be afraid of anything.

Take the test to see if you are a type-T person here

ADRENALINE JUNKIE

An adrenaline junkie is somebody who appears to be addicted to adrenaline. The term came into use in 1993. Originally, it was used to describe argumentative people who deliberately (consciously or unconsciously) find excuses to get an adrenaline fix. This mode of receiving a fix is deemed just as addictive as a recreational drug (such as heroin, hence the term "junkie"), but can be considered more harmful if it involves other people. The phrase adrenaline junkie was used in the 1991 movie Point Break to describe the "Ex-Presidents."

Adrenaline junkies enjoy engaging in activities that stimulate the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing a broad spectrum of hormones which cause the stress response, also known as the fight-or-flight response. Adrenaline is the most well-known hormone in this family, although each of the hormones, including noradrenaline, cortisol, and various other catecholamines and corticosteroids, play a part in the stress response. The effects include hyperarousal, increased blood flow, heightened pulse rate, and increased physical performance, which adrenaline junkies find an enjoyable and invigorating state of mind and body.

Any number of extreme sports or dangerous activities could be associated with the phenomenon, such as dirt bike riding, downhill skiing, skydiving, base jumping, whitewater kayaking, martial arts or rock climbing. Some prefer more aggressive activities such as picking real fights. Less physical pursuits include gambling, stock market trading, graffiti, or even shoplifting. Anything to get a trill.

Although the term "adrenaline junkie" is normally used facetiously and without any genuine implication of addiction, there may be an element of truth to the description. Psychological addiction to an "adrenaline rush" has been reported numerous times. An adrenaline rush is usually accompanied by an increase in endorphin activity. Endorphins are responsible for feelings of well being, as well as pain relief.

For an adrenaline junkie endorphin-stimulating activity, whether it is extreme sports or just laughter, sex, artistic expression or religious experience result in addictions and the need for constant rush activities.

ADD / ADHD (Attention-Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder)

ADD and ADHD is diagnose. Adults with these diagnoses are often bored with tedious, repetitive tasks. They may also trouble with planning and organization. Procrastination is common. Impulsivity may lead to frequent job changes, troubled romantic relationships, financial problems and a tendency to interrupt others. College students may have trouble staying focused on paperwork or lectures. Because of difficulties following through on commitments, the individual is often called selfish and immature.

People with these conditions often have learning disabilities, dyslexia and often end up in need of stimuli in form of drugs or extreme sports. The condition is a result of lack of dopamine and/or noradrenalin into the brain. Simply put, these substances are the ones telling the brain we are satisfied. People with this diagnose is basically in need of far much more stimuli than the average person.

Treatment of adults often involves teach how to structure his or her life, while allowing for some spontaneity. Time management and planning are important skills. Daily planners and task lists are beneficial. Often the individual can enlist the help of family or coworkers to help him stay organized. It is important that the adult with these conditions chose a vocation that suits his or her interests and personality style. It is often best to avoid jobs that emphasize weaknesses such as repetitive tasks, and find jobs that focus on one's energy, and ability to shift from task to task. Individuals who experience physical restlessness should try to schedule regular exercise or work breaks.

While these conditions can be a burden for some, it can also be a gift. If it were an entirely negative trait, it would have died out thousands of years ago. Individuals with ADHD are often energetic, creative and willing to take risks. Often this gift comes into focus after the individual acquires a degree of self-knowledge and learns to channel his energy and creativity.

Some Norepinephrine (adrenaline), along with dopamine, has come to be recognized as playing a large role in attention and focus. For people with ADD/ADHD, psychostimulant medications are prescribed to help increase levels of norepinephrine and dopamine.

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DESCRIPTIONS

MAO ENZYME (Monoamine Oxidase)

MAO is an enzyme that plays a vital role that MAOs play in the inactivation of neurotransmitters. MAO dysfunction (too much/too little MAO activity) is thought to be responsible for a number of neurological disorders. For example, unusually high or low levels of MAOs in the body have been associated with depression, substance abuse, attention deficit disorder, and irregular sexual maturation. MAO inhibitors are one of the major classes of drug prescribed for the treatment of depression, although they are last line treatment due to risk of the drug's interaction with diet or other drugs. Excessive levels of catecholamines (epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) may lead to a hypertensive crisis, and excessive levels of serotonin may lead to serotonin syndrome.

The genes encoding MAO are located side-by-side on the short arm of the X chromosome, and have about 70% sequence similarity. A version of the primate MAO-A gene has been referred to as the "Warrior gene".

EPINEPHRINE / ADRENALIN

Epinephrine, also called adrenaline is a hormone and neurotransmitter. It is a catecholamine, a sympathomimetic monoamine derived from the amino acids phenylalanine and tyrosine. Epinephrine is a "fight or flight" hormone, and plays a central role in the short-term stress reaction. It is released from the adrenal glands when danger threatens or in an emergency. Such triggers may be threatening, exciting, or environmental stressor conditions such as high noise levels or bright light (Fight-or-flight response).

When secreted into the bloodstream, it rapidly prepares the body for action in emergency situations. The hormone boosts the supply of oxygen and glucose to the brain and muscles, while suppressing other non-emergency bodily processes (digestion in particular).

It increases heart rate and stroke volume, dilates the pupils, and constricts arterioles in the skin and gut while dilating arterioles in skeletal muscles. It elevates the blood sugar level by increasing catalysis of glycogen to glucose in the liver, and at the same time begins the breakdown of lipids in fat cells. Like some other stress hormones, epinephrine has a negative effect on the immune system.

Although epinephrine does not have any psychoactive effects, stress or arousal also releases norepinephrine in the brain. Norepinephrine has similar actions in the body, but is also psychoactive.

NOREPINEPHRINE / NORADRENALIN

Norepinephrine is synthesized from dopamine by dopamine. It is released from the adrenal medulla into the blood as a hormone, and is also a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and sympathetic nervous system where it is released from noradrenergic neurons.

As a stress hormone, norepinephrine affects parts of the brain where attention and responding actions are controlled. Along with epinephrine, norepinephrine also underlies the fight-or-flight response, directly increasing heart rate, triggering the release of glucose from energy stores, and increasing blood flow to skeletal muscle.

However, when norepinephrine acts as a drug it will increase blood pressure, triggering a compensatory reflex that overcomes its direct stimulatory effects on the heart. The reflex, called the baroreceptor reflex, results in a drop in heart rate called reflex bradycardia.

DOPAMINE

Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter. In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter, activating five types of dopamine receptors, and their variants. Dopamine is produced in several areas of the brain, including the substantia nigra. Dopamine is also a neurohormone released by the hypothalamus. Its main function as a hormone is to inhibit the release of prolactin from the anterior lobe of the pituitary.

Dopamine can be supplied as a medication that acts on the sympathetic nervous system, producing effects such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. However, because dopamine cannot cross the blood-brain barrier, dopamine given as a drug does not directly affect the central nervous system.

ENDORPHIN

Endorphins are responsible for feelings of well being, as well as pain relief. Due to synaptic plasticity, increased endorphin activity creates an increase in endorphin receptor sites, which in turn can create a stronger desire for endorphins. Synaptic plasticity and receptor site proliferation are widely believed to be the mechanisms by which chemical addictions are developed.

Endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during demanding exercise, excitement, and orgasm; and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce a sense of well-being. Endorphins work as "natural pain killers", whose effects may be enhanced by other medications.

The term "endorphin rush" has been adopted in popular speech to refer to feelings of exhilaration brought on by pain, danger, or other forms of stress, supposedly due to the influence of endorphins. However, this term does not occur in the medical literature

Another widely publicized effect of endorphin production is the so-called "runner's high", which is said to occur when strenuous exercise takes a person over a threshold that activates endorphin production. Endorphins are released during long, continuous workouts, when the level of intensity is between moderate and high, and breathing is difficult. This also corresponds with the time that muscles use up their stored glycogen. Workouts that are most likely to produce endorphins include running, swimming, cross-country skiing, long distance rowing, bicycling, weight lifting, aerobics, or playing a sport such as basketball, soccer, or American football.

STIMULI / STIMULATION

Stimuli is the incoming information from an action. Stimulation is the action of various agents (stimuli) on muscles, nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which activity is evoked; especially, the nervous impulse produced by various agents on nerves, or a sensory end organ, by which the part connected with the nerve is thrown into a state of activity.

Stimulation in general refers to how organisms perceive incoming stimuli. As such it is part of the stimulus-response mechanism. Simple organisms broadly react in three ways to stimulation: too little stimulation causes them to stagnate, too much to die from stress or inability to adapt, and a medium amount causes them to adapt and grow as they overcome it. Similar categories or effect are noted with psychological stress with people. Thus, stimulation may be described as how external events provoke a response by an individual in the attempt to cope.

A high level of stimulation ("over-stimulation") can lead to psychological problems. For example, ADHD is, theoretically, a condition in which over-stimulation is a part. It is hypothesized that long term over stimulation can result eventually in a phenomenon called "adrenal exhaustion" (sensory overload and burnout) over time, but this is not medically accepted or proven at this time. What is sure is that ongoing, long term stimulation, can for some individuals prove harmful, and a more relaxed and less stimulated life may be beneficial.

FIGHT-OR-FLIGHT RESPONSE

The fight-or-flight response, also called the fright, fight or flight response, hyperarousal or the acute stress response. The response simply tells us how we respond in a stressful situation, fighting or fleeing. This response is the first stage of a general adaptation syndrome that regulates stress responses among vertebrates and other organisms.

HYPOADRENIA (adrenal exhaustion/adrenal fatigue)

Hypoadrenia is a term for a hypothesised condition of the adrenal glands. The terms adrenal exhaustion or adrenal fatigue are often used (and connected to hypoadrenia) by complementary and alternative therapists, and can be fatal if in its later stages. People with hypoadrenaia have a tendency to gain weight and are unable to lose it, especially around the waist. High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases and these symptoms tend to last longer than usual, tendency to tremble when under pressure, reduced sex drive, lightheaded when rising from a lying down position, unable to remember things. Lack of energy in the mornings and also in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm. Feel better suddenly for a brief period after a meal. Often feel tired between 9 - 10 pm, but resist going to bed. Need coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning. Crave for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese, feels better when stress is relieved, such as on a vacation, difficulties in getting up in the morning Lightheaded. Symptoms also include mild depression, food and or inhalant allergies, lethargy and lack of energy, increased effort to perform daily tasks and dry and thin skin.

ADRENAL GLANDS

The adrenal glands are part of the body's mechanism for short term stress response and management; they are involved in the production of the hormone adrenaline (also known as epinephrine), the famous fight or flight chemical released in stressful situations, which increases the body's metabolic rate and muscular contraction strength. Along with the thyroid gland they are also part of the body's metabolic energy regulation and control system, and thus control to an extent the energy available to body systems.

FINALLY…

I totally understand it took you a great deal of focus to read this entire text, if you are anything like me. Either that or you started over many times, since many other things and thoughts interrupted you along the way. However, as something is interesting, we do all the research we can to know and understand, control freaks as we are. Learn to love and live with it.

- Sniper

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