Your personality doesn't only affect your decision-making, your ability to handle problems and challenges, and your general outlook in life. It also has a strong impact on your health, both physical and mental. It's true what they say, your personality can either kill you or make you live longer. Here's an in-depth look on this matter.
Type A personalities are those who are competitive, impatient and hard-charging. They are driven by their desire to succeed and they always have a sense of urgency. The biggest health risk for this kind of people is heart disease. Studies have shown that these people are not only hostile and impatient, they also smoke more and exercise less. According to Redford Williams, the head of Duke University Medical Center, these people are more prone to excess weight gain and health problems like high cholesterol level and hypertension. Most of them also die before reaching the age of 50. All these can be rooted from the elevated stress levels in the form of the hormone cortisol along with the inflammation of the coronary arteries that may lead to heart attack. Teaching Type A personalities to control anger, have more patience, and combat negative emotions through meditation, deep breathing and yoga can help reduce the risk of health problems and fatalities.
Type B is the relaxed and laid-back type of personality. These people take life one day at a time without breaking apart when faced with major stresses. This results in better quality of life and lower risk for heart disease. Type B personalities are also found to have stronger immune system. They are not only healthier physically but also emotionally. Extroverts are in the same line when it comes to tiptop health. People who are involved in the community and have strong social connections have better coping skills and stronger immune system.
Type C personalities are the people-pleasers. They are the ones who always want to conform and fit in. They are passive and willing to accommodate all the time. In terms of patient compliance, this can be good since they are more likely to follow doctor's instructions. However, because they readily fall into helplessness or hopelessness, they need a push so that they would take care of themselves. It's quite a challenge to do that since type-C people see fate as inevitable. They also are not fond of seeking medical attention even when it's apparent that they need it.
If the stress level is high for the Type A personality, wait until you hear what the type D's are about to say. Type D personalities are stressed not over their desire to succeed or compete but with the negative emotions plaguing their minds. These are the people with the biggest risk for heart problems, depression and anxiety. They are overly self-critical too. They get angry or sad over the smallest things. They overreact during stressful situations and they don't express their feelings in fear of being rejected by others. Like Type A personalities, they can improve their health by embracing relaxation techniques and by having a more positive mindset.