Your Friends May Be Able To Predict How Long You’ll Live

What does your personality say about your health? More than you might think. And according to new research, what your friends say about your personality may reveal even more about your health.

A number of studies have found personality to be a fairly reliable predictor of future health and mortality. Stress-prone, ambitious Type A personalities, for example, are more likely to suffer from heart attacks than their more laid-back Type B counterparts. Neurotic people are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s later in life. Conscientious people, on the other hand, live longer — as do optimists.

But a challenge in research looking at these links has been self-reporting — people are notoriously unreliable and biased when it comes to assessing their own personalities.

New research, led by psychologist Joshua Jackson of Washington University in St. Louis, may have found a way to sidestep this problem. Instead of just asking subjects about themselves, the researchers also compiled personality assessments from the subjects’ close friends, to determine whether a friends’ view is the more accurate predictor of health and longevity.

The researchers analyzed existing data from the Kelly/Connolly Longitudinal Study, which studied the —> Read More Here


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