Why Young Men Drive Dangerously: Implications for Injury Prevention

  title={Why Young Men Drive Dangerously: Implications for Injury Prevention},
  author={Victor Nell},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={75 - 79}
  • V. Nell
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Why is risk consistently underestimated, and why do young men in particular take exceptionally high risks and think of themselves as invulnerable? Two explanatory paths are proposed. The first is that risk taking in young males has been shaped by evolutionary forces to provide a fitness value. The second pathway is through myth and the other narrative forms that affirm the ego's immortality and invulnerability. Because of its evolutionary base, risk taking is emotionally driven: Emotions are… 

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