Your Personality Could Influence How You Fight Disease

 

 

 

” When you break it down, personality can be defined as a collection of distinct psychological traits which remain fairly constant over time and therefore shape the way we react to the world around us. These traits include extroversion/introversion (how sociable we are), neuroticism (the tendency towards negativity) and conscientiousness (which includes how cautious we are and how carefully we plan). We all know where we fall on these various scales and how it impacts our friendship circle, the way we perform our jobs and even how we cope with adversity — but can it actually affect our health?

  In a recent study, Kavita Vadhara and colleagues correlated different personality traits with biological immune responses — that is, how geared up our body is to deal with threats to our immune system. And the results of their research led to some interesting insights into how personality type may affect our immune system.

  The team asked 121 healthy students to complete personality questionnaires to assess, among other traits, extroversion, neuroticism and conscientiousness. They also took blood samples and from these they investigated the activity of 19 different genes involved in inflammatory immune response, as well as genes involved in defense against viruses. “

 

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