According to the Harvard Heart Letter, if you are the kind of person who . . .
- tends to sweat the small stuff
- sees the glass as half empty
- keeps your feelings bottled up inside
… then you might well be termed a Type D (distressed or distant) personality, and be at increased risk for heart disease.
Type D people tend to be anxious, irritable, and insecure. They keep an eye out for trouble rather than pleasure. They may experience high levels of stress, anger, worry, hostility, tension, rudeness and other negative and distressing emotions. Even if they lack a strong support network of friends or family, they go to great lengths to avoid saying or doing things that others don’t like. As a result of biting their tongues to keep their negativity to themselves, they often feel tense and inhibited around other people.
Does this sound like it might be you?
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