Like it or not, your personality influences health. Anxiety-prone personalities wear their heart on their sleeve and their cardiac health suffers for it. Extrovert personalities tend to exhibit inflammatory reactions and the aftermath takes shape in the same way like diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Personalities who stress more are likely to be less effective at fighting infections. This is because stress naturally suppresses the immune system. A robust immune system is better able to fight infections. What can you do to mitigate the risk of these health maladies due to your personality? Changing your personality is unrealistic. However trying to adopt little changes can go a long way in improving health outcomes. High conscientiousness, extroversion, openness, agreeableness, and low neuroticism were associated with better health or absence of disease. Nobody expects you to change your personality but little tweaks can go a long way. Listen to your gut. If something (or someone) makes you uneasy, take a few steps back and collect your thoughts. Your body speaks to you. You just need to quiet yourself enough to listen to it.
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