What makes an abundance of people all over the world thrive on watching horror movies or jumping out of planes? This short video takes a look at the reasons why:
Many of us loved watching horror movies when we were kids without knowing what made us so keen on those films.
When our arousal level sours we feel good because our brains release feel-good hormones such as dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline and endorphins. Not that we understood that when we were children.
When we face danger we either fight or flight. We may only think we are scared when what it’s all about is the sense of relief we feel when at the end of the movies the character we identify with triumphs or the nasty monster dies. When that happens we can feel a sense of achievement and the come down hence makes us feel good from a psychological point of view.
We are all different
Danger makes us all respond in different ways. Some thrill seekers love high levels of arousal. They hence carry out activities, like jumping out of planes and climbing mountains, that most people avoid.
Are entrepreneurs more keen on danger?
It’s not unusual that you find people with entrepreneurial minds thriving on high levels of arousal. It goes hand in hand with being willing to take risks and being adventurous, which is often essential in order to succeed. Watching horror movies is one thing but getting a kick out of, say, parasailing is another. Keeping calm when facing danger is essential for entrepreneurs. Being used to high levels of arousal and the good feeling that comes afterwards enables you to better handle stress and uncertainty.
Did you enjoy watching horror movies as a child? Maybe you still do? Do you get a kick out of high levels of arousal? If so, what do you thrive on? Are people with entrepreneurial minds more likely to enjoy high levels of arousal than people who don’t have that mindset? Do you believe handling danger goes hand in hand with being willing to take risks? Or maybe you believe that entrepreneurs don’t need to be adventurous to live with constant stress?