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Are you attracted to a risk-taker?

Risk-taking is not a quality that interests everyone. You likely have your own opinions about what is or isn't worth taking a risk. When you consider your personal life, you may make generalizations about the sort of person who appeals to you.

Consider this University of Maine (Orono) study:

Men thought the opposite sex would be attracted by risky stunts such as bungee jumping and fast driving, a study of 48 men and 52 women found. But in contrast, women said it was a turn-off, claiming they preferred more cautious people for partners.

However, the team from the University of Maine in Orono said those who took risks for the thrill were likely to be respected by fellow men. Lead researcher Dr William Farthing said: "Men thought women would be impressed by pointless gambles, but women in fact preferred cautious men."

However, Dr Farthing said women were attracted to men with a high-status, so if the risk-taking meant a man was respected by his friends they could then become attractive.

What is your reaction to risk-takers?

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Wow, this is an interesting fact, seems like we men need to balance out our act to win the heart of women after all.. =)

By the way, i think that men are by nature competitive mammals. We like to compete, and we tend to relate competitive action with risky action.

But sometimes, it will be good to have a cool head during certain situation as not every risky situations are worth taking.
January 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCheow Yu Yuan
Hi Cheow Yu Yuan,

I agree with you that this article offers surprising info. Not all women are impressed by risk-taking men. Yet, not all men are attracted to risk-taking women either. Risks we each decide to take tell a lot about who we are.

All the best! Liara
January 21, 2007 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Children in our society are increasing cosseted and protected - the risk is taken out of so many activities. Exams are dumbed down so that all can succeed.

The lesson of failure can be a positive one.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommentersoulMerlin

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