Why Some People Are Braver Than Others, According To Science

 Some people run into a fire to save others, while others run away– but what makes some people braver than others? Frank Farley, Ph.D., a psychologist at Temple University says why some people are more hard-wired for bravery than others isn’t completely understood, as there hasn’t been a ton of intense scientific study about the topic. But he says there are three types of heroes: the situational hero (someone who risks their life for others in a moment of crisis, but hasn’t done anything like that in the past); the lifelong hero (when heroism almost defines the person’s life); and 9-1-1 heroism (when the person is a professional hero– police officers, firefighters, EMT workers, military personnel.) Farley says brave people tend to have a mix of qualities– risk-seeking, generosity, and empathy. Also, braver people tend to grow up in families where moral teachings are valued. Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University adds, “Maybe there’s a hero gene; maybe it’s because of their levels of oxytocin…We don’t know for sure.” (Men’s Health