Higher mortality linked to lack of self-control

Researchers examined the role of five personality traits – conscientiousness, neuroticism, agreeableness, extraversion and openness to experience – in 4000 deaths from pooled data on 76,000 adults from Australia, the US, UK and Germany.

Only low conscientiousness – manifested by lack of persistence, poor self-control and failure to plan ahead – was linked to elevated mortality risk after adjustment for factors including health behaviour and education.

People in the lowest tertile of conscientiousness had a 37