I aquired my penchant for tipping back in my chair on my father's ship. The galley had a dozen captain's chairs along the walls. I liked the aft wall best because tipping back here complemented the natural slope of the deck.
I'm not comfortable in a chair unless I'm tilted back a few inches. However women are not comfortable seeing me tip back in their chairs. They pretend they're worried I'll get hurt, but really they think I'm hurting the chair which is nonsense. I'll obey their request, finish my tea as quickly as possible, then I'm out of there.