The Personality Trait Linked To Lower Depression Risk

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Some people’s personalities
naturally have greater resistance to mental health problems.
Extraverts are less likely to
suffer from depression, anxiety or any other form of mental health problem,
research finds.
Extraverts tend to enjoy other
people’s company, are often full of energy and tend to be talkative.
Other people give extraverts
energy and they have a tendency to feel bored when alone.
The conclusions come from a
study of 441 people in Finland who were given tests of personality, depression
and anxiety.
The study also found that
people who are neurotic are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
The study’s authors write:
“…the personality dimension
neuroticism is strongly associated with depressive and anxiety symptoms, and
the personality dimension intraversion is moderately associated with depressive
symptoms among participants in this urban general population.”

Neuroticism, the authors
explain, is:
“…characterized by proneness
to anxiety, emotional instability, and self-consciousness, whereas extraversion
involves positive emotionality, energy, and dominance.”
People who are both neurotic
and introverted are at higher risk of depression and anxiety.
However, those who have stable
personalities and who are extraverted are less likely to experience depression
and anxiety.
The study was published in the
journal Depression and Anxiety (Jylhä et al., 2006).

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.