The trauma-intensity pathway is formed when children are traumatized into associating intensity with pleasure. As adults, they can experience pleasure only when it is fused with intensity. People with hyper-aroused intensity neuropathways probably grew up in extremely intense family environments. Perhaps the mother or father went into violent rages, or one or the other was a violent drunk.
The sexual acting-out behaviors associated with this kind of trauma usually carry high risk. They can include, but not be exclusive to, sadomasochism, exhibitionism, and prostitution. These behaviors trigger levels of chemical release that replicate the emotional ego-state of the trauma's original occurance. This is part of the "rush." Often danger-intensity addicts are unable to orgasm except when danger or intensity are present. This trauma adaption can affect other aspects of their lives; behaviors can range to not paying bills on time to jumping out of airplanes to having prostitutes in the house twenty minutes before a spouse returns home.