Today I had an extremely important realization: I need excitement to live, to survive, to be effective, to enjoy my life. It’s as important to me as breathing, as fundamental as eating and drinking. Somehow I didn’t completely realize that fact. I focused too much on less existential things like fun, productivity, effectiveness, or purpose. Excitement is much more important than all of them together!
Symptoms Of Missing Excitement
It’s really disturbing what a lack of excitement affects me. Here are some of the effects insufficient excitement can have on me:
- Difficulty getting out of bed.
- Increased need for sleep
- Sleeping way too long, but still feeling tired and without energy
- Reduced level of fitness and energy
- Increased susceptibility to diseases
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Diminished productivity
- Anhedonia: Inability to experience pleasure from activities formerly found enjoyable
- Decreased libido
- Continuously progressing reduction of self-control
- Diffuse terrible feelings which appear spontaneously for no apparent reason
- Feeling anxious for no apparent reason
- Negative outlook on life and reality.
- Urges to engage in addictive behavior, like playing games excessively or drug (ab)use
- Feeling lonely, no matter how my social reality looks like
- Feelings of helplessness
- Suicidal thoughts
Pretty scary, huh? Well, the lack of excitement seems to be the common theme that lies behind these problems of mine. It might look like a lack of excitement is the result of the symptoms above, but the symptoms only appear after I experienced an enduring lack of excitement in my life. At any time in my life in which I felt really excited I felt rather the opposite of those symptoms.
Why Is Excitement So Important?
I want to write a more thorough article on excitement, but first I would like you to come up with some ideas and answer the question form the title:
Why is excitement the existential psychological need?
Here, existential really means that you can’t exist for too long without at least some excitement. I assume that this is the case. Why? Think about it. There are some intriguing phenomena which might indicate that we really need some excitement for our survival (or at the very least for our good functioning). What are these? Got any ideas?