How Being An Extravert May Give Your Immune System A Boost
Sure, you’ve probably heard that your personality is linked to many things — from your sleep schedule even to your longevity. And now, researchers say your personality may even play a role in your ability to ward off infection.
According to a new study, key personality traits–like being extraverted and conscientious–are intimately connected to the strength of your immune system.
For the study, an ethnically diverse group of 121 healthy men and women was asked to complete a personality test to determine whether they were “extraverts” or “introverts,” and how conscientious they were.
The subjects also provided researchers with blood samples so that two groups of genes that regulate the immune system could be examined: one involving the body’s pro-inflammatory immune response, and another involving antiviral responses and antibodies.
What did the researchers find?
The “extraverts” in the group were significantly associated with an increase in the expression of the genes that regulate the body’s pro-inflammatory response, while “conscientiousness” was linked to a reduced expression of those genes — so the “extraverts” appeared to have immune systems that seemed better able to respond to infection.
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