Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mental Notes: 7 thoughts that are bad for you

This isn't good.

An article on LiveScience says there are 7 thoughts that are tied to physical health, and in turn make a person deteriorate more quickly than others. Except maybe for the 4th 'thought' on the list, it looks like I may be going downhill.

Here's a quick run-down of the list:

7. Cynicism - Cynics who tend to be suspicious and mistrustful of others, a character trait that scientists refer to as hostility, may have an increased likelihood of developing heart disease.

6. Lack of meaning - If you lack a sense of purpose, your stay on Earth could be truncated.

5. Fretting - People who are highly neurotic -- constantly worried and anxious, and prone to depression -- die sooner on average than their chill counterparts.

4. Lack of self-control - A review of more than 20 studies and nearly 9,000 participants revealed people who are conscientious -- organized and self-disciplined, as opposed to impulsive -- live two to four years longer than others.

3. Anxiety - Compared with the highly frazzled, individuals with a mellow demeanor who are outgoing may be less likely to develop dementia, which can be caused by Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses.

2. Gloom and doom - A preliminary study of more than 180 patients suffering from peripheral arterial disease (plaque buildup in the arteries) showed participants with so-called type D, or distressed, personality, had an increased odds of dying sooner than other people.

1. Stress - Research is showing that prolonged stress can be deadly, and if it doesn't do you in, workplace stress can increase your chances of heart disease, flu virus, metabolic syndrome and having high blood pressure.

From those with a chill demeanor to the completely frazzled types, mental factors, are ultimately tied to physical health. And while a highly neurotic person might deteriorate more quickly than others, not every character trait will kill you.
Read more here.