Reckless behavior is characterized by the inner state of complete carelessness that may lead to infantilism and even to the inability to take care of one’s own needs and the needs of others.

Two aspects of recklessness

1. The ease that accompanies all life activities, in other words, the ability to abandon difficult things and not bother with any complexities, roughly speaking, this is a unique ability to live in the present moment. 

2. The inability of a person to solve practical problems, acquire new skills, and reevaluate the situation. In this case, even outside help cannot alter the situation, since the person is not really interested in anything. 

Oftentimes, reckless behavior occurs when the basic needs are met, major life problems are solved and the individual understands that all areas of life are safe. It is important to note that the manifestation of recklessness does not mean fearlessness, inadequacy in assessing the situation due to insufficient information as well as peace of mind.

Examples of reckless behavior

An example of recklessness can be the classic situation before the exam, when, instead of preparation, the student rests all the time, goes to clubs and friends, hoping that the exams will be automatically passed. Over time, this approach can transform into such an attitude towards work, when delaying deadlines becomes a habit. There is a lot of recklessness in children’s actions, when they still do not know that not everyone can be trusted and tell everything about themselves to unfamiliar people or let strangers into the house.

This quality can manifest itself not only in relation to others and future events, but also in relation to one’s own state. For example, when one goes out lightly dressed in cold weather, drinks an excessive dose of alcohol at a corporate party, refuses treatment because the drugs are bitter, while refusal from proper therapy is fraught with complications. Moms can be reckless when they are not watching their children, thinking that since everyone is playing normally, then nothing will happen (no one excludes a child’s fight, falling from a slide, suddenly taking off a car, etc.). Any lack of care about the future, be it money, paying bills, or a sincere conversation with an important person – are a manifestation of carelessness. 

The motivation of reckless behavior

Everybody has their own unique motives forcing them to behave recklessly. The driving-force behind reckless acts may be an attempt to boost a sense of control over life. People may also behave this way to relieve or deny their anxiety. Some individuals overcompensate for an inhibited aggressiveness being reckless, while narcissists may enjoy a feeling that nothing can happen to them. Anyways, each case should be considered individually.

Wrapping up

Being reckless usually means living in the present moment, not worrying about the future and striving for maximum pleasure. This can lead to negative consequences of accumulated debts, unfulfilled promises, and even health problems.

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