“Prevention is better than Cure”; “Better safe than Sorry”… We all have heard of multiple sayings commonly advised by our parents, elders and well-wishers, and at times even unsolicited, warning us to take precautions. However, many a times such advise does tend to fall on deaf ears, especially when individuals tend to have what is called an Optimism Bias. This can be easily illustrated in situations when on hearing about an accident or a mishap, one’s immediate response tends to disregard the possibility of ourselves to be caught in a similar situation!
What Behaviours can be Risky?
Human behaviour is driven by its expected consequences. Almost all of us at some point of time do behave in certain ways which could have or did lead to adverse outcomes. Despite being aware of the potential danger to self and others, some individuals have a higher tendency to repeatedly and voluntarily engage in such behaviour.
Often, the disagreement is not on whether a particular risk is worth taking or not. Instead, deciding whether a particular behaviour has a potential risk attached to it becomes questionable. Therefore, it is important to be able to define the threshold beyond which a specific behaviour is likely to be called potentially risky. It is not only thrilling adventure sports which qualify as being risky by nature. Any behaviour which has a potentially adverse consequence can be termed as risky, and many of our common actions could also be included within this category. For example, reckless driving, sharing personal information or images through various social media platforms, bullying, watching adult films or pirated films, etc.