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Risk-Taking

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Updated August 26, 2009

Definition:

Risk-taking refers to the tendency to engage in behaviors that have the potential to be harmful or dangerous, yet at the same time provide the opportunity for some kind of outcome that can be perceived as positive. Driving fast or engaging in substance use would be examples of risk-taking behavior. They may bring about positive feelings in-the-moment. However, they can also put you at risk for serious harm, such as an accident.

Also Known As: risky behavior, riskiness, risk-taking propensity

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