XTREME | EXTREME | SPORTS | THRILLS | RIDES | ADRENALINE | YOU NAME IT ! OR JUST PLAIN CRAZY !
Hello reader ! and welcome to XTREME month. This is not only about extreme sports ( although, most extreme activities are developed this way and end up becoming some sort of sport in the end ), but is about all sorts of extreme activities that us mere humans seek out as a thrilling experience. CD don’t exactly endorse all of the activities here, especially the really dangerous extreme thrills that some people are after. however the mix of extremes was important and we had to include a great balance and wide view point for everyone to enjoy reading ! we loved putting together this crazy month of extremes – so enjoy !
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FEATURE STORY | BLAZE PERFORMANCE
Welcome to Blaze Performance. A company that specialises in the restoration and re-building of cars into their former glory – especially for racing. This is Class C Racing from within the lines of creating and participating in the sports. Our roving reporter Jai Ark was at the heart of the performance production with owner Glenn – check out the vid !
WHY DO PEOPLE CRAVE THE EXPERIENCE ??????
WHY do people submit themselves to roller coasters and their mutations, the ”scream machines” that seem so ubiquitous on the summer landscape?
Some clearheaded analyses of the allure of wild rides are emerging as scientists study why certain people seek the thrill of great velocities, upside-down suspensions, and other sensations that the human body can read only as pure torment.
The roller-coaster question touches on some complex physiological issues. New research suggests, for instance, that the craving of thrills may be hard-wired into those who thrive on the level of primitive brain activity that physical danger stimulates.
Another appeal is that roller coasters, in simulating true danger, provide the illusion of mastering a great peril. It is a deeply satisfying feeling in which mock danger provides the exhiliration of self-affirmation.
Fear is the key component, as has been shown in research into more dangerous activities like skiing and parachute-jumping.
”If you ask accident-prone skiiers if they are scared when they are on a high-risk slope, they’ll say they wouldn’t bother to ski the slope if they weren’t scared,” said Seymour Epstein, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts.
”They want a slope that terrifies them,” he said. ”Parachuters say the same thing. After you take the plunge there’s an immense relief and sense of well-being in facing a fear that doesn’t materialize.”
That kind of exhiliration is particularly appealing to a personality type, aptly known as ”thrill-seekers,” people who have been studied by Frank Farley, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin. People who are high in that trait, Dr. Farley said, ”seek variety, novelty, intensity and risk.”
”Not everybody goes on scary rides like roller coasters, or comes back a second time if they try it,” Dr. Farley said. ”It’s those with the thrill-seeking personality who come back again and again. They like adventure, like high diving and hang gliding.”
Underlying the propensity for physical thrills, Dr. Farley believes, may be a neurological need for the biochemical state that comes from intense physical excitement.
One theory holds that the brains of thrill-seekers are usually at a lower level of arousal compared with most other people. This theory holds that the sense of danger and the physical extremes of a roller coaster ride prime a neural network at the base of the brain called the reticular activating system, which in turn heightens the level of activation throughout the rest of the brain.
”They feel fully alive when something raises their level of brain arousal,” Dr. Farley said of thrill-seekers.
Another theory, put forth by Marvin Zuckerman, a psychologist at the University of Delaware, proposes that those who need to seek out intense stimulation, the roller coaster being a prime example, have an imbalance in a brain chemical, monoamine oxidase, which has also been implicated in some forms of depression. Excitement seems to change the levels of the chemical in some people, lifting them from torpor to elation.
Heightened concentration is at play, too. ”Being totally absorbed is in itself pleasurable,” Dr. Epstein said. ”Complete concentration that blanks out everything else temporarily relieves you from all conflicts. Even if it’s scary, its a way to drive out disturbing thoughts.”
Dr. Epstein added: ”It makes you feel very alive to be so scared. When you react to something that demands your full attention so forcefully, all your senses engage. It’s a very different feeling from being in your usual semiawake state.”[New York Times]