Magazine article Psychology Today

A Silver Lining to Neuroticism?

Magazine article Psychology Today

A Silver Lining to Neuroticism?

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WORRY AND EMOTIONAL vulnerability may not sound like a recipe for longevity. But a study published in Psychological Science suggests that neuroticism, a trait typically associated with increased mortality, may actually extend some people's lifespans.

The study analyzed data from more than 321,000 individuals who were assessed on personality traits and factors like cognitive ability, dietary and exercise habits, whether they smoked or drank, and how they rated their own health. Researchers found that, overall, participants who scored high in neuroticism had higher mortality rates than those who scored lower in the trait. But when they focused specifically on people who had rated their health as "fair" or "poor," they found that a high neuroticism score was connected to a dip in mortality risk. …

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