A couple of years ago, DH told me something he’d heard about how men and women evaluate risk. Apparently men will evaluate a risk considering more the likelihood of danger, versus how serious that danger is. Therefore they may decide to take a risk with a potentially very dangerous outcome, if they think it’s highly unlikely that dangerous outcome will actually happen.
On the other hand (so DH told me) women will weigh the severity of the potential outcome much more highly than the likelihood of that outcome. Thus a woman may decide to not take a risk that carries a lot of danger, even though the chances of it actually happening are small.
When I look at how DH and I make decisions, it seems pretty accurate. He was happy to have laser eye surgery done – and has been very happy with the results. Although I know it’s a well-researched procedure and it has a good track record, there is always a small risk that something could go wrong. I just don’t want to take any chances I don’t have to take with my vision. Glasses don’t really bother me (and in fact, given my general klutziness, they are a pretty good idea anyway. At least once a year I walk into a wall or a door, or something pokes at me in the vicinity of my eyes, and I’m glad to have eye protection!)
So what do you think? Does this observation about gender and risk taking ring true to you?