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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    All your facts are messing with my intuition! :steam:
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    Thank you for the explanation. You're right. I think it's "the pizazz factor" that makes STPs look like the big risk takers.
    My pleasure. STPs are still large risk takers though There is no doubt about that. It's just that NTPs are probably equal or more likely to be risk takers. (I guess, give less credit to NTPs rather than more credit to STPs )

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    Quote Originally Posted by substitute View Post
    Most of the risks I take are to do with legal things or just corner cutting with procedures, or perhaps confronting or otherwise subverting the powers that be, either immediate or remote (managers, city counsellors or governments). I take some physical risks too, and some things that are a combination of all, such as driving an illegal car to a place where I go trespassing on private land/property to explore a derelict/ruined building that's falling to pieces, with DANGER signs everywhere. But in that case, I've carefully (and correctly) assessed the situation and decided that the likelihood of anyone being harmed or caught by the law is negligible.
    This is exactly the kind of risks I tend to take. Most people do not realize that the law is the law only when there's somebody to make it happen. If there are no witnesses and I'm harming nobody and I'm not leaving any traces, I can do pretty much what I want.

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    Yeah, like Substitute said, I think a lot of the 'risks' I take are the lack of forward planning sort... of course, that might simply be because I completely forget to prepare whatever it may be, but still... risk!

    Also, I'm fairly comfortable and confident of my ability to be pretty resourceful, should I get stuck... and so I don't worry about it, and if I forget to bring this or do that, it's no big deal.

    I guess those who get stressed about every single detail are the ones who are fairly sure they can't cope when something goes wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    yea I love to scuba and want to sky dive but I no so many people terrifed of it, same with swimming in the ocean. They're like your going be taken out by the undertow or you're going to get bit by a shark I've been playing in the ocean since I was 7 I have yet to get bitten or drown. Luckily their was a wooden table right beside me.
    I suppose this comes more under paranoia than simply not risk taking. I mean, I live in a place that's right next to the beach, where part of the whole culture is going down to the beach and having a bbq and a swim... practically everyone swims and spends a lot of time down on the beach each summer....

    And yet, with an entire city that enjoys the beaches overly much, we might get one person a year, if that, who's attacked by a shark. And most of the time they survive, too... sometimes minus a limb or two. But they live.

    You are at least two hundred and fifty times more likely to get hit by a car and killed, y'know. Nevermind just getting injured.

    So it's hardly a risk to go swimming in the ocean... it's just that the newspapers have a field day and those who aren't so familiar start thinking its a likely occurance.

    And as a side note: I love scuba diving!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cascademn View Post
    Well, if I think it's extremely unlikely I'll die taking said risk, then I'll take it. This would be why I enjoy climbing, and have no problem rappelling off the edge of a cliff. [And I personally don't think either are very risky, so I don't really view them as risks; I just happen to enjoy both, and other people may view them as more risky than I do.]

    But whatever -- climbing without ropes?? Silly girl. Bouldering is one thing...actually climbing up pretty high without equipment..that's another.

    Although I suppose it depends on the rocks. There have been a few instances in my life where I've done some bouldering where it would have been perhaps *wiser* to be attached to a rope, but I had confidence in my ability.
    I'm like this with climbing too! I don't normally take risks outside of my ability and when I feel I what to improve upon my ability, then I will do so in the safest way possible.

    If I have a goal I'm working towards, I tend to take more risks to complete that goal. I don't normally do something for the experience, but moreso to complete what I've started. I will take risks to improve, but I tend to do so in baby steps rather than bold, daring steps.

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    It's odd; when I was as kid, I was either playing with Legos by myself for 8 hours at a time or putting myself in the hospital through failed acts of, er, "daring".

    Maybe there's something to the inferior Se theory? I think some of the blame rests on having an ESTP best friend at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    It's odd; when I was as kid, I was either playing with Legos by myself for 8 hours at a time or putting myself in the hospital through failed acts of, er, "daring".

    Maybe there's something to the inferior Se theory? I think some of the blame rests on having an ESTP best friend at the time.
    Yeah.
    (I had one, too.)

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    My kind of historical risks:
    -lots of physical risks in sports. Downhill skiing, mountain biking, taking the sledge down the hill first time (broken leg), trying new dangerous sports and devices with only a minimum of preparation. I've toned the last one down a bit recently.
    *oh wait, no I haven't. A year ago I was shooting fireworks, but one of them was shot right to my left arm and exploded there, giving me 2nd degree burns through the sleeve of my shirt, which was destroyed in the process.*
    -financial risks. spent 2 years savings and took a loan to start a business. I was technical expert in the business domain and made exact plans and preparations, but I was a rookie entrepreneur. I've quit jobs without knowing where to go next.
    -risks to image. I'm available for public speaking on a short notice, and I use such opportunities every now and then on lectures, weddings and such. Tho it's only someone's perceived risk, not an actual big risk for me.
    -medical risks. Taking some substance too much, neglecting to go to a doctor despite serious reasons to do so. This is just silly, I should learn my lesson. One of them fevers got bad enough that it was a life threatening situation. I don't do this anymore, I think.
    -no need to continue. I think I'll be a corpse some time soon if I don't start being cautious.
    -ahh, edit: one more. Social risks. I'm open and have the minimum of worry for my appearance when acting around with friends or strangers. It's just one of those apparent risks tho. As it all goes well, almost always, where's the risk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    you guys are making me feel like I'm crazy it's not like I usually go somewhere where there aren't other people or where the rocks are slippery- I just really love the challenge! It's one of the few times in my life that I'm fully concentrating on something!
    This is so much me. It's actually worth your while to do your best in a risky situation. It kinds of drives away boredom.. I'm not that detached from my physical environment when I'm downhill biking 70mph For the purpose of staying alive, I do that just once per three years or so and live with the memory of the event in between

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    I do take a lot of risks myself. One of my favorite activities is solo mountaineering which is generally a big no-no, especially if you're in glacier country.

    To me, this is driven by the same thing that drives a lot of my personality--avoidance of definite/commitments/rules/etc. To not take the risk is like saying "You can't do this because yadda yadda yadda"... and whenever that concept comes to mind I just snap and go the other direction... "You bet your ass I can, and I will... just watch me!".

    Put in the extreme, I refuse to believe I can't do something... and I will vehemently oppose anything that says otherwise! I think this is what fuels a lot of SPs to be such high performers and innovators... the "why the fuck not?" attitude.

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