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Do you like the feeling of adrelaine pumping through your body?

Asked by aviona (3242points) May 11th, 2009

Whether it’s before a big test, a big game, a big race, a big date…do you enjoy that feeling of adrenaline pulsing through you?

I know it gets some people going, but a lot of times I find it uncomfortable.

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tinyfaery's avatar

It really depends. If I’m getting a tattoo or I am in the middle of of an activity, I enjoy the rush, but I enjoy the relaxation after the rush much more.

If the adrenaline is pumping because of fear or anxiety, and sometimes even anticipation, I hate it. The feeling the adrenaline produces can make me feel ill, like I might faint and/or have a panic attack

hearkat's avatar

No… It makes me jittery.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, it gives me a headache and makes my heart race too much, and sometimes I get sick to my stomach.

FGS's avatar

I am an adrenaline junkie, I love the feeling of my mind working at warp speed and my body moving in tune with that same precision.

casheroo's avatar

Not usually. I can’t stand anything that makes my heart race, unless it’s a fun activity of course. I feel sick when I have too much adrenaline.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I love the adrenaline when it’s behind a positive experience and terrified of it’s power in negative moments. I’m an adrenaline junkie, my brain loves it and my body feels helpless at times.

Darwin's avatar

Nope, I hate it.

However, my daughter is an adrenalin-junkie, so I have an agreement with her (and my brother who loves that feeling) that her uncle will take her on all the roller coasters and bungi-jumps she can stand, and I will pay for it and stay on the ground to take pictures.

Lothloriengaladriel's avatar

Depends on the situation I guess, like if it’s like awesome sex with my boyfried; yes I love it.. If it’s like..idk a car nearly killing after cutting me off; not so much(:

wundayatta's avatar

I don’t seek it out, but it doesn’t bother me, either. I trust that it’ll only show up when I really need it.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I can never really tell it’s happening. Perhaps I have defective adrenal glands.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I have never found it comfortable. I prefer the endorphin rush brought on by eating hot peppers. Much more enjoyable.

Macaulay's avatar

It’s overpowering, yes. But there’s nothing like that last 50 feet.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Bottle that sensation and you’ll be rich.

LocoLuke's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic isn’t that sort of what drugs attempt to do?

LocoLuke's avatar

Of course, I wouldn’t recommend doing them when you can get a perfectly good high by doing something else.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Yeah, I guess exercise is the only healthy way to get that.

3or4monsters's avatar

Exercise, or orgasm.

LocoLuke's avatar

or a scary movie, or an intense computer game, there are many ways.

augustlan's avatar

Mostly no. Every once in a while it serves me well, and I enjoy it. Other times, it’s panic attack city.

darthbush's avatar

this is the first question i have that i wouldnt be a total geek bringing up my being a marine. adrenaline is just about what got me through kandahar and kuseul. fun fact about marine corps life is that you dont have to be infantry to put a motherfucker through. 3381-food service specialist. dispatched on four convoys for recon and too many support runs for the grunts to count on my toes. basically, taking a 7.62 round to the thigh just isnt as impacting when ive got so much adrenaline running through me that i cant even see through my periferrals. its not a good feeling, its a survival tool. like an an-aid pack or k-rations. it comes in handy, you know?

Divalicious's avatar

I don’t like the feeling of adrenaline any more. Too often I have to instantly change into “fight” mode at work when an inmate or two (or 57) get froggish and attack someone. I hate the shakes and jitters afterward when I’m sorting things out or writing my reports.

I can’t even shop at Kohl’s. The phrase we use for EMERGENCY! is the same one they use for a price check. I’ll be shopping for socks and having random adrenaline surges from their public address system. I’m conditioned to respond a certain way, and I’m unable to turn it off. I’m like Pavlov’s dogs. Drool…

Since my heart attack, the old ticker doesn’t like to be haphazardly racing.

wundayatta's avatar

My son is taking aikido, and at the end of lessons they play games such as chicken, or knock over the Sensei. The kids are kids, under age 10, and Sensei is an adult. In chicken, you must hop around holding one foot up, while holding the hand of Sensei (or another opponent) in your hand, and the goal is to knock the other person down. It’s similar in the other game, except you must stand facing each other, and not move your feet as you attempt to knock the other person down.

My son, age 9, is pretty good at the game, and may be the only person who can beat Sensei. His strategy, he says, is to let the other boys tire Sensei out, and then he plays patiently, using as little energy as possible, until he senses an opening and can claim victory. The thing is, he talks about the adrenaline rush he gets when it is his turn to play, and how he gets all shaky after the game is over.

It seems like he is using the adrenaline to his advantage in this situation. There must be some mental mechanism that can turn it on and off. From what @darthbush said, it sounds like it not only focuses the vision, but also the mind. I don’t know if he likes the feeling or its aftermath, but it does seem like he consciously uses it as best he can.

I find that I can achieve a similar state of focus and energy, where I can do things that I can’t do, when I go deep inside; my brain stops thinking in words, and I am barely aware of what I am doing. If I am dancing, I can leap higher than I could in normal consciousness, or do things with precision and grace that I do not usually have. If playing music, I am just heightened. The nice thing about this is that I don’t get the jitters afterwords, at least, not much. I also get that adrenaline feeling when I’m facing a crowd, and I have to say something. If I’m asking a question, I am usually so hopped up that I can’t hear the answer. Still, in my line of work, it is more important to ask good questions than it is to instantly understand the answer.

mattbrowne's avatar

Adrenaline is related to short-term stress reactions such as dangers, but also high noise levels or bright light. It’s a fight or flight hormone and the body requires exercise when it’s released which often isn’t the case in the modern world. Then it can become a risk.

Cortisol is related to longer-term stress reactions including psychological stress.

LocoLuke's avatar

@mattbrowne just out of curiosity, what are the effects of Cortisol?

mattbrowne's avatar

@LocoLuke – Here’s some excerpts from an interesting article:

Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:

* Impaired cognitive performance
* Suppressed thyroid function
* Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
* Decreased bone density
* Decrease in muscle tissue
* Higher blood pressure
* Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses, slowed wound healing

To keep cortisol levels healthy and under control, the body’s relaxation response should be activated after the fight or flight response occurs.

hearkat's avatar

@LocoLuke and @mattbrowne: As one may surmise from the list of effects noted in the previous response, Cortisol is associated with weight gain and difficulty losing weight.

@3or4monsters: Oxytocin is released during orgasm, and also when breastfeeding—the “letdown reflex” was the best high I ever felt. The sensation was such a sense of peace and love and calm that I can’t even describe.

3or4monsters's avatar

@hearkat excellent, thank you. :) Another thing to look forward to when it’s time for me to have babies.

Facade's avatar

Since it’s the only time when I’m not in pain, I love it.

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