7 Personality Traits That Hurt Your Body
Something for the cynical and anxious to feel cynical and anxious about
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 8:02 AM CDT
Pessimists and cynics may live shorter lives.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Scientists probing the mind-body connection are finding ever more evidence of the ways temperament affects a person's health. Some personality traits can boost your health; others can weaken your immune system, give you job burnout or even send you to an early grave, Live Science reports. These include:

  • Cynicism: Suspicious of others' motives? Seeing hostility in those around you could raise your chances of heart disease.


  • Lack of meaning: Elderly people without a sense of purpose are twice as likely to die in the next five years.
  • Fretting: Here's something else for the anxious to worry about: they die younger, perhaps because many neurotics ease their jitters with cigarettes.
  • Poor self-control: The well-organized and self-disciplined have healthier lifestyles and—you guessed it—live longer.
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