It's no surprise to many that your personality type can have health implications. High-stress folks are at higher risk for heart disease. If you're too laid back, you may not worry about important health risks.
Dr. Mehmet Oz breaks it down on DoctorOz.com by identifying four personality types (one through four, similar to the popular A through D system of typing) and how each type is prone to certain health concerns. What's your type and how can it affect your health?
Oz says type one folks are impatient, competitive and ambitious. They're often aggressive, workaholics who are organized and compulsive. These high-stress, impulsive people often suffer from gastric ulcers. Oz goes so far as to say these people are “neurotic” making them less adept at dealing with stress, resulting in weakened immune systems. This leaves them prone to asthma and headaches.
The good news for type ones: Their conscientiousness is associated with a long life span.
Type twos are the antithesis of type ones. Twos are laid back, take stress in stride, have an abundance of patience and feel no big rush in life. They love to have a good time.
If you're too laid back, however, you can get yourself into sticky health situations. Type twos are more likely to drink and take other health risks without weighing the consequences. But the good news is that, while you may be a dare devil, you're also confident, and have lots of friends, traits associated with strong immune systems and lower risk for infection.
Type threes are people pleasers. They're passive, accommodating and avoid confrontation. They put others' needs ahead of their own, are unlikely to talk openly about and often don't even recognize their emotional needs.
Threes are shy and this can make for weakened immune systems and vulnerability to viral infections. Their suppressed emotions can manifest in anxiety and depression, prompting them to self-medicate; A bad idea for this addictive personality type.