Character can be a pointer to health risks
Post by John Chappels
on 22 March 2011 in Health & Wellbeing
Your personality could have a strong bearing on your health,
according to leading psychologists.
They suggest that recognising the links between our genetic
make-up and our environment could go a long way towards helping us avoid
conditions and diseases to which we could be most prone.
According to health psychologist at the University of
Nottingham, Dr Martin Hagger: “Knowing you fall into one specific camp doesn’t
immediately mean you’re going to develop heart disease, for instance, but it
should wake you up to the risk, and give you the opportunity to recognise and
target the less healthy aspects of your character – such as smoking or
Daily Mail writers went on to have some fun with this idea,
suggesting several studies which had linked people’s personalities to the
health conditions from which they are most likely to suffer.
For example, it quoted Japanese research which suggested
that optimistic people were more likely to become overweight, simply because
they were confident that, no matter how much they succumbed to temptation, they
could soon lose the weight again.
A further study, this time carried out by Glasgow
University, found that more sympathetic and compassionate men were less likely
to have stress levels which could lead to heart attacks.