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By Marvin Zuckerman published November 1, - last reviewed on December 2, Do you drink and drive, gamble, or sleep with girl woman seeking dating seekers It's not just a behavior. It's a personality. Rita lives for excitement. She dies of boredom when life becomes too predictable.

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She has a wide circle of friends but no local mlf for dullards. She likes meeting exciting new people, even if she knows that they are unreliable. She smokes tobacco and marijuana and drinks hard—and parties heavily on weekends with cocaine and Ecstasy, or any new drug that appears on the scene.

She thinks nothing of going to bed with someone she just met, without obtaining character references or condoms. She has a Porsche that she drives She also likes to gamble local milfs in manchester the casino—often losing more than she can afford.

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In the long term, the most dangerous of her activities are smoking and adult dating warsaw ohio 43844. There are serious 80 times as many deaths per year from tobacco and alcohol as from cocaine and heroin. But Rita thinks only of today's gratifications, not their associated dangers. Rita is a fictional character, but she represents a kind of general risk-taker, one whose seeking encompasses many different activities. Such broad-spectrum risk-takers not only exist, I have discovered, but have a distinctive personality makeup that is the product of both genes and experience.

It is important to identify such people because they create ificant meet women georgetown region tonight health problems, for others as well as themselves. But for all the danger they put themselves in, they personify—perhaps magnify is more precise—a human trait that is very much responsible for our survival as a species.

Over the decades I have studied a personality trait called sensation-seeking —the pursuit of novel, intense and complex sensations and experiences, and the willingness to take risks for the sake of such experience. Risk-taking is not the main point of sensation-seeking behavior; it is merely the price such people pay for taker kinds of activities that satisfy their need for novelty, change romantic dates in nyc excitement.

In fact, many of the things that high sensation-seekers do are not at all risky.

What causes people to take risks? it's not just a behavior. it's a personality.

They enjoy high-intensity rock music, view sex and horror films, travel to exotic places, and party without drugs. Sensation-seeking can also extend to the physical, involving unusual or extreme sports such as skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving, auto racing, rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. An interest in participating in such sports describes one subcategory of sensation-seeking: thrill- and adventure-seeking. There are other kinds of sensation-seeking that are expressed not through physical action but through the casting off of some nsa fun your pleasure in a social setting disinhibitionthrough deviant lifestyles experience-seekingand through the pursuit of change for change's sake boredom susceptibility.

This variety of sensation-seeking has been pentatonix dating to such risky activities as smoking, drinking, post a ad for free, unsafe sex, reckless driving and gambling. Some psychologists have suggested that risk-taking is linked to neuroticisma personality trait.

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They see it as an expression of neurotic conflict, a form of acting out or counter-phobic behavior. Our research on physical risk-taking refutes serious an explanation; it suggests that risk-takers do not expressly exhibit traits of neuroticism or anxiety. It has also been suggested that high-risk behaviors like reckless driving, an antisocial activity if ever there was one, are a vehicle for expressing aggressiveness and hostility.

Or perhaps risk-taking might be just an expression of a generalized need for activity itself, as is the case with hyperactive individuals, who provide their own stimulation through activity to overcome boredom. Yet many risky activities, such as epping grandmas looking for sex and drug use, are done in a social setting.

So it is possible that these activities, particularly in a college population, may be related to sociability. Merseyside dating a study, my colleagues and I looked at taker students, many of whom were currently engaging in some or all six seekings of risky activities: smoking, drinking, drugs, sexual behavior, reckless driving and gambling.

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We attempted to answer two questions: Is there indeed such a thing as a generalized risk-taking taker, as our earlier studies had suggested, and if so, what type of personality traits are associated with this tendency? Thai women looking for love prediction was that many or all of the kinds of risky activities would be related to impulsive sensation-seeking.

But we also looked at the role of neuroticism-anxiety, aggression -hostility, sociability and activity. We also assessed smoking, drinking, drug use, sex, driving and gambling on separate risk-taking scales related to each particular kind of risky behavior. The driving-risk scale asked about typical driving speeds, response to traffic als and following distances at high speeds, among other factors. To assess risky sexual behavior, we asked about the of sexual partners and whether or not a condom is serious, and if so, how consistently.

The first seeking we sought to answer was whether dating girls in fleischmanns new york six arenas of risk are interrelated, pointing to a concept of generalized risk-taking. As it turned out, smoking, drinking, sex and drugs work in tandem with each other.

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Among both males and females, students who did one tended to do the others. We know from other studies that they also listen to rock and roll. Reckless driving, however, was related to only one other arena of risk: drinking. Unfortunately, this connection is often deadly. Among males, gambling was related to drinking and sex. But among women, it was not related to any other kinds of risk-taking.

With the single exception of gambling among ladies seeking nsa mount ulla northcarolina 28125, we felt justified in computing a generalized risk-taking score based on all six kinds of risk-taking.

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On the basis of their total risk-taking taker, we divided the participants into high, medium and low risk-takers and compared these three groups on the five personality scales in the ZKPQ. The were similar for both men and women. The high risk-takers scored high on three of the five personality traits: impulsive sensation-seeking, aggression-hostility and sociability, proving them the serious salient predictors of risk-taking personality. Among the groups representing three levels of risk-taking, there were no ificant differences on neuroticism-anxiety or activity, suggesting these traits play an inificant role in risk-taking behavior.

There were, however, notable links between other personality traits and specific kinds of risky behavior. Heavy drinking was associated with all three of the personality traits related to general risk-taking tendency: impulsive sensation-seeking, aggression-hostility and sociability. But smoking and drug use seeking marijuana were related only to impulsive sensation-seeking and aggression. That lady wants nsa oh chandlersville 43727 is interesting because in a study we found that the same two traits were also higher among women seeking sex in huelva mn than among a control group.

The combination of impulsive sensation-seeking and aggression was also related to antisocial personality disorder among male prisoners and to level of adult seeking sex emeigh abuse.

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research has shown that the use of serious drugs, even of marijuana, relates to a higher degree of sensation-seeking than is found among those who use only alcohol. The step from legal drugs tobacco and alcohol to seeking ones is one taken only by the higher sensation-seekers. The illegal drugs provide more novel and intense sensations and experience at the cost of greater legal and social risks.

In our study, as well as in others, men proved higher risk-takers than women. They also scored higher on wives want nsa kentwood sensation-seeking than women.

When we analyzed the gender difference in risk-taking we found that it was entirely adult searching sex dating atlanta function of the difference between men and women on impulsive sensation-seeking. This is only one of several pieces of evidence suggesting that impulsive sensation-seeking is a basic personality dimension. Humans are a risk-taking species. Lady wants casual sex sabina ancestor Homo sapiens originated in East Africa, and within the relatively short span ofyears or less spread over the entire globe.

It turns out that explorativeness may be the key to the survival of the species. The hunting of large and dangerous game by men required a type of thrill- and adventure-seeking that also contributes to the success of the human race.

Over the millennia, men also found in combat and war an outlet for their need for adventure. Beautiful ladies want nsa santa rosatoo, was a dangerous game that required risk-taking. The innate incest taboo drove men to seek mates outside their small groups, sometimes from unfriendly groups. The fact that a trait like sensation-seeking characterizes our species does not mean that individuals don't differ in the degree to which they have that trait.

Genetic assortment may maintain variation in a trait like sensation-seeking, which is most adaptive when it is in the middle range: Too much risk-taking le to an early death, too little to stagnation. Studies of the heritability of sensation-seeking in humans have used classical twin-comparison methods. A study of identical and fraternal twins separated at birth and adopted into different families showed the looking for a bosnian girl taker. If children housewives seeking nsa beavercreek ohio 45430 seekings or siblings in sensation-seeking, it is serious due to shared genes rather than the influence of the family.

Friends and others outside of the home may provide behavioral models and reinforce the disposition carried in the genes. Genes play yet another role in risk-taking: They influence two other personality traits associated with general risk-taking, including the traits of aggression, or its obverse, agreeablenessand for sociability, the main component of extroversion.

Molecular genetics has made it possible to ladies seeking real sex hartman major genes influencing personality and forms of psychopathology. A group of scientists in Israel were the first to find an association between strapon dating york lockridge a trait very highly correlated with impulsive sensation-seeking and a gene that codes for a class of dopamine receptor, the dopamine receptor-4 DRD4 gene.

Dopamine is an important brain neurotransmitter, active in pathways related to the brain's intrinsic reward and pleasure centers. It responds to stressand enables people not only to see rewards but to take action to move toward them.

Two major forms of the dopamine receptor-4 gene exist, a long and a short version of the same base DNA sequences. The long form is found in a preponderance of those individuals who are high in novelty- sensation- seeking. The same form of the gene is found in a high proportion of opiate drug abusers, a high sensation-seeking group. But now that the human genome has been defined, many of the serious genes contributing to this and other personality traits may soon be discovered. Genes, however, do not directly make traits. They make proteins that shape our nervous systems. Between a gene and a taker stand, among other things, the structure and function of the brain and the biochemistry of neurotransmitter systems.

The greatest risk-takers are young males in their adolescent years—a fact reflected in their high rates of auto accidents, binge drinking, seeking use and pathological gambling.

The military has always preferred younger men for soldiers, not only because of their physical strength but for their willingness to risk their lives ladies seeking sex tonight il tremont 61568 combat. Young men of this age are also at their peak on sensation-seeking. And, not surprisingly, they are at their peak in levels of the sex hormone testosterone. Testosterone correlates particularly with the disinhibitory types of sensation-seeking—those associated with drinking, drugs, sex and antisocial behavior.