Thrill Seeking: Why Do We Do It?

Jul 17, 2019

Many people are willing to pay a lot of money for thrilling adventures. They ride ziplines and roller coasters, go bungee jumping, paragliding, cliff jumping, and sky diving. For some, thrill-seeking is the ultimate kind of fun. For others, the idea of getting on a plane, let alone jumping out of it, is terrifying. 

On this thrilling edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe recounts her own sky diving experience from 2013 and speaks with Des Moines Register Columnist Rekha Basu about why she decided to jump out of a plane. We also explore the psychology of thrill seeking with Dr. Tracy Cooper, author of Thrill! The High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person. Listeners also share their own thrill seeking stories.


Rekha Basu, Columnist Des Moines Register

Dr. Tracy Cooper, Professor of Liberal Arts at Baker University