Personality and Risk-Seeking

Joseph Glicksohn, Revital Naor-Ziv

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Risk-seeking is a characteristic that one attributes to a certain personality: Some individuals are risk-seeking; others are risk-aversive. Recreational risk-seeking, implicates two personality traits: impulsivity and sensation seeking. Risk-seeking can implicate antisocial behavior, especially if the activities engaged in are prohibited by law, such as gambling and the use of recreational drugs. Risk-seeking can also implicate prosocial behavior, especially if the risky activities engaged in can save lives. With increasing exposure to and experience of risk, perceived risk tends to decrease – especially for high sensation seekers. For those engaged in risky sports, this is usually accompanied by a self-perceived increase in mastery, competence, or proficiency in that activity. One notes greater risk-seeking in late adolescence and emerging adulthood, relative to both younger and older ages.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences
Subtitle of host publicationVolume IV: Clinical, Applied, and Cross-Cultural Research
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781119547181
ISBN (Print)9781119057475
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Antisocial behavior
  • Impulse control
  • Recklessness
  • Risk-taking behavior
  • Self-control


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