Introverts die, most likely alone, long before reaching 100
More discouraging news for introverts everywhere; a new study suggests optimistic extroverts live longer than dour loners.
Jennifer Welsh, writing for MSNBC:
So why look at personality? A person’s level of shyness or how open they are to new experiences, say, arise from underlying genetic mechanisms, which may also affect health, the researchers said.
“Most were outgoing, optimistic and easygoing,” Barzilai said of the centenarians. “They considered laughter an important part of life and had a large social network. They expressed emotions openly rather than bottling them up.”
The study – conducted by researcher Nir Barzilai of Albert Einstein College of Medicine – is a part of the Longevity Genes Project, which includes more than 500 Ashkenazi Jews ages 95 and older, and 700 of their kids.
In addition, the centenarians had lower scores for displaying neurotic personality and higher scores for being conscientious compared with a representative sample of the U.S. population.
Conclusion: neurotic introverts are double doomed.