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    Default Do you have a gambler spirit?

    SPs and everyone are welcome to reply. I want to know if you recognize any signs of a gambler spirit within yourselves. This doesn't necessarily equate to frequenting casinos or anything like that. I am more interested in your relationship to taking chances, risk taking, and even to gaming or gambling if you have one. Do you feel that your intuition or a personal luckiness has helped you in situations that others would have found too risky to chance? Can you depict what your logic is like in respect to the chances you take? Even small examples of chance in daily life are encouraged for the purposes of this thread. I am especially interested in xSTPs, but all stories are appreciated.
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    Enjoy the occasional risk, especially if it comes in the form of a horse race

    Dangerous physical activities and ordering food off of menus that I can't read are also enjoyed activities that I enjoy... Even if I lose, if I've had fun I feel that I gained something!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    Enjoy the occasional risk, especially if it comes in the form of a horse race
    Horse racing!

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    I've taken risks in sports that resulted in broken bones and lost skin. Is that what you mean?

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    I will gamble occasionally, just to see what happens. Sort of an experiment...with people, to see what they'll do, small stuff.

    I like poker, but I don't play that much though, because I'm not very good at it, but it's very amusing to see how the people you play with distort their odds of winning. For instance, if 8 people play hold'em they don't seem to be aware that the win odds are 12.5%. Some are actually surprised when they lose their money , I don't play for the money, I just play for fun.

    Most risks I take are unnecessary, but sometimes it's so fun I can't help myself.

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    I've taken risks in sports that resulted in broken bones and lost skin. Is that what you mean?
    I also have broken bones, probably because sometimes I'm not aware of the risks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    SPs and everyone are welcome to reply. I want to know if you recognize any signs of a gambler spirit within yourselves. This doesn't necessarily equate to frequenting casinos or anything like that. I am more interested in your relationship to taking chances, risk taking, and even to gaming or gambling if you have one. Do you feel that your intuition or a personal luckiness has helped you in situations that others would have found too risky to chance? Can you depict what your logic is like in respect to the chances you take? Even small examples of chance in daily life are encouraged for the purposes of this thread. I am especially interested in xSTPs, but all stories are appreciated.
    I'm not an SP and not much of a risk taker in general.

    I'm certainly not a gambler. You go to a casino and the odds favor the house always. They have to- otherwise the casinos would go out of business by losing money. I just don't see the point in gambling if you are going to lose in the long run. If you are a master blackjack player and can count cards, you might be able to come out ahead but casinos put hefty security measures into place to watch closely anybody they even suspect of doing this. So even if I had the ability, I wouldn't chance it because I'd always be worried that someone was suspicious of me.

    The risks I take are always calculated. I imagine the worst case scenario and ask myself how probable that is. I also ask myself, if the worst case scenario happened, could I cope with it physically, emotionally, and financially? Using a combination of these factors I determine if the risk is worth it or not.

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    Enjoy the occasional risk, especially if it comes in the form of a horse race

    Dangerous physical activities and ordering food off of menus that I can't read are also enjoyed activities that I enjoy... Even if I lose, if I've had fun I feel that I gained something!
    I don't gamble away my money on races or do any dangerous physical activities but I love trying unusual new foods. I figure with that sort of risk the worst thing that will happen is that I'll dislike it and I'll lose a small amount of money.
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    Yes, I most definitely do. I like taking risks in life because I don't like doing something the same way over and over again. And I don't want to have the same experience repeatedly. In the past it's been really difficult for me to hear the word "no" from a more cautious partner when I know I've already thought about the risks involved in whatever it is I want to do. My one motto in life has been, please, never let it be boring. I mostly express those things in quite productive ways though - moving around, changing careers and exploring business ideas. I don't always win but I would rather have the adventure and nothing has ever turned out too terribly. I am the daughter of a risk taking ESTP (and a fun loving ESFP) and I am definitely my father's daughter.

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    I don't know... I feel as though I'm prone to bad luck, so I don't go out of my way to take risks... however, I can often be quite impulsive and not think things through before moving forward. That's somewhat risk taking, right?
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    When something is just for fun, and I don't deem the consequences likely to be *that* bad, I'm generally up for it. So I'm generally up for riskier sports like skiing, remote wilderness hiking, etc. But when the perceived potential loss is significant, I'm fairly risk-averse. Gambling, risky driving, etc. don't have a lot of appeal, and in more practical areas (jobs, relationships, etc.) I tend to think "hmm, what could go wrong here?" and if the answer's anything much more than "nothing", I'll be pretty conservative and cautious.
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