Are you a risk-taker?

Turns out, some guys really aren’t born to be bad. According to a new study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, risk-takers are more likely to have a particular gene related to dopamine—the brain chemical connected with reward-seeking tendencies—than those who play it safe.

After analysing almost 500 skiers and snowboarders, the researchers found that people with this particular marker – the totally extreme -521 C/T variant in the DRD4 gene – were more likely to agree with thrill-seeking statements like “I like to go down runs I’ve never been down before” than those without the gene.

So you don't like leaping out of a plane with a flimsy 'chute to break your fall. So what? The problem is that thrill-seekers get a similar rush of dopamine from bungee-jumping as they get from accomplishing other things they've never tried before, like asking for a raise or talking to that cute girl at a party.

The good news: researchers say that while the connection is there, it’s really more of an association than anything else. But just in case you need a little push in life, here are a few instances where every guy should test the waters outside his comfort zone.

Jan 25, 2013

Are you a risk-taker?

If you aren't sure, ask your doctor . . .

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  1. Glib09:17am Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Any genetic tendencies in humans can be overcome using the brain. Any "instincts" can be disciplined. That's what makes us different from all other animals.

  2. Ghost Hunter11:09pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    PFFFFT ! These days and for the past 10 or 20 odd years, skydiving has been safer than trying to cross a road in Sydney or Melbourne in peak hour traffic ! There's NOTHING flimsy about a parachute ! Whoever wrote this load of rubbish should have checked the FACTS first !