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Extreme athletes, death-defiers and those who perform incredible stunts of endurance have been celebrated throughout history. Research into extreme behaviour started in earnest in the decade of experimentation. The 1960s introduced the work of University of Massachusetts psychology professor Seymour Epstein, who studied parachutists' physiological arousal when approaching a jump and observed the immense sense of wellbeing derived from surviving fear. Psychologist Frank Farley is interested in the positive aspects of thrill-seekers, among them extreme athletes, entrepreneurs and explorers, and what we can learn from them. It must be noted that it's not always the case that people who take part in a pursuit that pushes their body to extremes have a common disposition or personal history. It's more accurate to say that what the pursuit has to offer can be a particular draw for some kinds of people.

Everything harder than everyone else

Why some of us push our bodies to extremes

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