What's neophobia and why are some people afraid of trying new things? Is it better to have new experiences when you're young or when you're older? Should you try new activities alone or with friends?
Adrenaline rush (noun) — a physical feeling of intense excitement and stimulation caused by the release of adrenaline from the adrenal glands.
To line up (phrasal verb) — to organize or prepare things for an event or a series of events.
Openness (noun) — a tendency to accept new ideas, methods, or changes.
Set in one's way (idiom) — unwilling to change one's habits, behaviors, opinions, etc.
Comfort zone (noun) — a situation where one feels safe or at ease.
Conservative (adj.) — not usually liking or trusting change, especially sudden change:
Daunting (adj.) — seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.
To persevere (noun) — to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.
Mountaineering (phrase) — the sport or activity of climbing mountains.
To come out of one's shell (idiom) — if you come out of your shell, you become more interested in other people and more willing to talk and take part in social activities.
Questions and answers
Maria: Rory, do you like to try new activities.
Rory: Absolutely! I like an adrenaline rush every now and then. So I have a lot of experiences like flying a glider, going shooting and goings zorbing lined up for when I go back home.
Maria: Is it good for people to try new things.
Rory: Well if they've got a high level of openness then yes. But some people are quite set in their ways and they don't like taking risks, and that's OK too most of the time. Personally I think getting out of your comfort zone helps build character and creativity. But that's just me...
Maria: Why are some people afraid of trying new things?
Rory: Well, like I said, some people are naturally conservative so they can react that way. And it's usually scary the first time you try something. Like, for example, when I first started going to the gym it was kind of scary doing everything for the first time in front of people. So that can be a bit daunting and can be kind of off putting, I suppose. But you get used to it and you get over it.
Maria: What help do people need when they're trying new things.
Rory: I suppose they probably need confidence and curiosity. And if it's a skill, then they'll need a good memory or a pen and paper to take notes... Oh, and probably a patient teacher or instructor. I think it makes a difference as well to have realistic expectations. Experts and videos can help with that because they can show you what you should expect from the experience.
Maria: What are some of the difficulties a person might have when they try something new.
Rory: Well I suppose persevering with it and maintaining confidence. We've just talked about how they might be scared as well actually, haven't we?
Maria: Do you think it's better to have new experiences when you're young or when you're older?
Rory: I don't think age is a very serious factor to be honest... I suppose either way and it doesn't really matter, unless it's something super demanding, like, if you're 80 years old you're probably not going to go mountain climbing. But most people aren't going to go mountaineering anyway... I guess when you're young everything is new as well, isn't it? Whereas when you're older you appreciate it more. So I don't think age matters but I think it will influence how you see whatever it is you're doing.
Maria: Did you try new activities when you were younger?
Rory: Not really. Actually it took me a very long time to come out of my shell. I'm much more open to new experiences now.
Maria: Do you like to try new activities alone or with friends?
Rory: That's a very good question actually! I suppose it depends on the kind of activity, because you have traditionally group activities like having a barbecue or going camping... this kind of thing, then you'd probably want to do that with your pals. But if it's something, like, maybe, working out at the gym then maybe it's a good idea to do it alone so you're not distracted. Unless you were with somebody who has some experience. Maybe your friends have some experience there and then they could help you. So it depends on a lot of things actually. I think on balance I'd probably prefer to do most things with friends or at least with somebody, because then you have someone to help you.