As you all know, we purchased the book The Wayseers by Garret John Loporto because it seemed interesting, applicable to how we think, and might help explain my children since many times I find myself at a lack of understanding when it comes to some of their behaviors.
Admittedly, I think that I am a non-conformist, even if I am not a thrill seeker. According to Loporto’s list of attributes, I am one of what he terms the wayseers, and so are my children. While he claims that the wayseers are only about 10% of the population, the list of attributes and their widespread appearance in society could mean that his theory is more widespread than he states. Anyway, Loporto theorizes that this particular group of individuals all have the DRD4 exon III 7-repeat allele (DRD4 7) and this causes them to be thrill seekers and dreamers.
I have no clue if I have that quirk physically, and I am not much of a thrill seeker, but I do tend to think outside the box and take chances that others may not (heck I started a business that I had no clue about success or failure, but it worked). I also tend to be a day dreamer and like my alone time to think, let my mind wander, and meditate, which are states that Loporto claims are the normal state of being for the wayseer.
In addition to reading Loporto’s book, I did my own research about that DRD4 7 quirk and found that it is a real thing that scientists and psychologists are studying. Some studies are stating that there is a link between the thrill seeking tendencies in some people and this gene and others say there is no link.
What are your thoughts? Is there a physical reason for seeking that adrenalin rush?