Tendency to avoid risks refers to the emotional response towards external stimulation, and is a genetically inherent trait.

People who have risk avoidant personalities are more meticulous in their work and make less mistake.

They, however, can appear as constantly anxious and slow in their work progress.

This tendency to avoid risky situations can be a result of COMT gene.
This gene is known to be associated with dopamine metabolism, which regulates stress levels a person might feel. Different genotypes of COMT gene can lead to faster or slower dopamine breakdown.

*Dopamine is a type of a neurotransmitter correlated with extrovertedness and tendencies to seek new stimulation.

People with COMT genotype that metabolizes dopamine faster than others are more willing to take risks in uncertain situations, whereas people with slower dopamine metabolism tend to feel anxiety more often and show risk avoidant behaviors.

Do you easily feel anxious?

Realizing that you feel anxious in uncertain situations is essential in establishing a healthy coping method.



How to Calm Anxiety 1

How to Calm Anxiety 2

Journaling can be an effective way to cope with anxiety. Whenever you feel anxious,try writing down why you feel that way, and what you could do to relieve the stress.

How to Calm Anxiety 3

Try writing a list of activities that can help you feel better.

The activities can be something very trivial, such as going to the convenience store to buy your favorite snack or taking a brief walk outside.

This list of activities can give you an idea of what you need to do when the anxiety kicks back in again in the future.

Genetics only play a part in personality traits. You can change your risk avoidant personality through repeated practices of the previous tips.


Genetic analysis testing on the risk avoidant genes are done in Genoplan Japan. This analysis only provides your genetic predisposition and may be different from the actual personality.

References:
wikiHow "How to Beat Anxiety Naturally"