personality traits

Personality Traits like Extraversion and Conscientiousness Linked to Pro-Inflammatory Genes Expression

Personality Traits like Extraversion and Conscientiousness Linked to Pro-Inflammatory Genes Expression

A study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology demonstrates that leukocyte gene expression correlates with two major dimensions of human personality, extraversion and conscientiousness. A recent study in nonhuman primates provides new insights into the neuroanatomical basis of personality, showing that personality traits are linked to the anatomy of specific brain structures such as the anterior […]

Perfectionism: A Disease Risk Factor Just as Obesity and Smoking?

Perfectionism: A Disease Risk Factor Just as Obesity and Smoking?

It’s estimated that two in five of us display the perfectionist “trait”. And thanks to social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, “increasing numbers are concerned about being – or appearing to be – perfect”, according to Gordon Flett, professor of health psychology at York University in Canada. “It causes extreme stress and can affect […]

Extraversion or ‘Extrovert’ Personality Trait Linked to Brain’s Reward System and High Dopamine Release

Extraversion or ‘Extrovert’ Personality Trait Linked to Brain’s Reward System and High Dopamine Release

A new study by Richard Depue and Yu Fu from Cornell University, New York, indicates an association between extraversion and dopamine (DA) functioning – suggesting that if extraversion represents the manifestation of an incentive reward system, then the trait may be in part influenced by the activity of the mesocorticolimbic DA projection system. According to […]

Novelty-seeking, the adventurous neophiliacs and well-being

Novelty-seeking, the adventurous neophiliacs and well-being

A recent article by John Tierney in the science section of The New York Times outlines some new trends in research related to novelty-seeking – a personality trait traditionally associated with the brain’s dopamine system, and problems like attention deficit disorder, compulsive spending and gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse and criminal behavior. Novelty-seeking individuals are identified […]

Are you a thought leader?

Are you a thought leader?

Recently, Laura Garnett in an article at deliveringhappiness.com outlined some major characteristics of the ‘thought leader’. According to Forbes magazine a thought leader is “an individual or firm that prospects, clients, referral sources, intermediaries and even competitors recognize as one of the foremost authorities in selected areas of specialization” and that “significantly profits from being […]