Neurotic people tend to live longer, research says
A study published in the journal Psychological Science shows one very good thing for neurotics on duty: they can live longer than people who don't have high rates of neuroticism. This is one of the “five great” pillars of psychology, which still includes extraversion, kindness, awareness, and openness to new experiences.
Neuroticism comes in the form of anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, nervousness, and worry, so many people believe it leads to depression, phobia, panic, and substance abuse. This all seems to be just a bunch of bad things, but according to science it can make you live longer!
"Our findings are important because they suggest that having a high level of neuroticism can sometimes have a protective effect, making people more vigilant about their health, " said Catharine Gale, author of the study and researcher at Edinburgh Universities. from Southampton.
The survey was conducted with just over 500, 000 people between 37 and 73 years old, who needed to answer a questionnaire about what they thought about their physical and mental health. Medical records were also attached to the survey to see how much people really cared about their conditions. A new phase of research with the same questions took place after about 6 years.
Crossing all the data, scientists were able to note that a high rate of neuroticism may be related to fewer deaths due to poor health, including cancer development! So the next time they call you a neurotic, try to see the bright side of things before you get that basic freak out, after all, you might have an evolutionary advantage.
* Posted on 7/31/2017