Academics at the University of Edinburgh have reassuring news for neurotics everywhere – statistically you may live longer. “After adjustment for other covariates, and, in particular, self-rated health, higher neuroticism was associated with reduced mortality from all causes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease, but not external causes,” say the researchers, who based their study on a sample of 321,456 people.
Why might this “covert protection against death”, as the authors describe neuroticism’s side-effect, exist? One theory they posit is that worriers worry about their health along with everything else – and thus get regular check-ups from their doctors.
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