Discussion posted by: David McNamara
Some of us are able to ignore our fears when faced with risk. And many even seek risk out, ignoring what is considered safe in pursuit of a rewarding or exhilarating experience – like jumping out of a plane or base jumping. Some people love the thrill of fast cars, gambling or extreme sports. Others play it safe. Where does this desire for risk come from, when surely our instinct to survive should come above everything else? Risk has also been associated with reproductive strategies. Where an animal trades speed or agility for some sign of sexual prowess – like a peacock and its tail – they may be more likely to mate successfully. This may be why, generally, men tend to take more risks than women. In the face of competition, they feel a need to overtly advertise sexual fitness through daring exploits.