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Certain “toxic” personality traits seem to



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Certain “toxic” personality traits seem to

promote disease. Others may possibly
prevent disease, but data is limited.
Example:
Birren and Schaie’s (2011)
Handbook of the
Psychology of Aging, describes, “In particular, hostility
(the toxic component in type A behavior), anxiety, and depressive symptoms are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and thus can be considered aging accelerators”
(Birren and Schaie 2007, 91). However, “Evidence for personality processes as protective factors is weaker, but nonetheless intriguing; more work is badly needed”
(Birren and Schaie 2007, 93).



PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING, HEALTH, AND PLACE



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