- Jun 2014
- Cleveland, Ohio
Did it explain the role of adrenaline in those instances? People can try to live in a hyper-aware state, but that is hard on the body. If, for example, Trump really is a snorting Adderall quite often, then he’s at greater risk of a stroke and heart attack. Adrenaline-junkies engage in risky behavior to get their adrenaline-fix. Over time the odd could turn against them and they become a statistic.
I don't recall a discussion of hormones, but you are correct.
Equally important is to reduce anxiety, and the book has specific advice on this. The trouble with anxiety is twofold. You focus on specific fears chosen by neurosis, so you distort your perceptions of dangerousness. Child sex attacks are a great example of this. If you have a pathological fear of homosexuals, on account of the fear of what they may do to children, you are more likely to miss the danger posed by the family friend or neighbor who commits 99% of such crimes.
The other problem is, if you are hypervigilant you are responding to internal emotional states, not your environment. You may envision the mugger as a scruffy black teenaged boy and thus be more likely to succumb to the predation of the charming, well-dressed white stranger who rapes or kills you.
You have to be fully mentally, emotionally and subconsciously present to detect danger in your immediate environment.