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Danger: Our Quest for Excitement
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Danger: Our Quest for Excitement (Paperback)

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Why do we slow down to look at car accidents? Why would rich people shoplift? What draws people to parachuting, military service, and sadistic sex?

These are just some of the questions this book unravels in its investigation of our paradoxical liking of danger. Using the concept of a `protective frame', drawn from Reversal Theory, Danger: Our Love of Living on the Edge explains how, even in dangerous situations (often because of them!) anxiety becomes excitement and fear, exhilaration--transforming the horrifying into the heavenly.

Examining different kinds of protective frames and how they affect our behaviour, as well as how they are institutionalized in our culture, this book explores how excitement-seeking can lead to disaster for ourselves or others, how it opens us to manipulation-but also how it can be uniquely creative and life-enhancing.

An intellectual tour de force, Danger throws light on a critically important but often neglected force of human nature and culture.

Health & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyPopular psychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyCognition & cognitive psychology Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication Date: 19/10/2006 ISBN-13: 9781851684816  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Renowned psychologist Michael J. Apter has taught and researched in a number of universities worldwide, including Yale, Georgetown, and Chicago in the United States, and Toulouse, Bergen, Barcelona, and Louvain in Europe. His revolutionary work on reversal theory led him to found Apter International, a consultancy firm offering products and services to businesses worldwide. He currently resides in Manassas, Virginia.

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