May 13, 2010
Obedient Dog Breeds Live Longer

But do obedient humans live longer?

A team led by Vincent Careau, a PhD student at University of Sherbrooke, gathered data on many aspects of dog biology published in disparate fields of study such as psychology, longevity, and veterinary research. The information was well known in the respective research domains, yet they were never put together. By doing so, the authors show that obedient breeds - on average - live longer than disobedient breeds. They also show that aggressive breeds have higher energy expenditure. The late Don Thomas said, "It is hard to imagine how an aggressive personality could be adaptive if it lacked the energetic and metabolic machinery to back up the threats. Simply put, 100 pound weaklings don't kick sand in weight-lifters' faces and survive in nature."

Do calm people live longer than high energy people? Anyone know of studies that compare personality traits and longevity?

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 May 13 11:45 PM  Aging Studies

ArandomPerson said at May 14, 2010 5:04 AM:

There are plenty of studies suggusting personality traits are related to longevity. Simple searches will find them.

Here is a link to an abstract of one of the first that came up with ust a few key words search:

LAG said at May 14, 2010 7:19 AM:

"But do obedient humans live longer? ... Do calm people live longer...."

These two things are not necessarily the same. Besides, while history demonstrates that obedient people lived longer (usually) under Stalinism, Kim-ism, Maoism, Fidelism, etc, it's hard to see how that did the Jews much good under the Nazis. They were obedient, all the way to the oven.

PacRim Jim said at May 14, 2010 10:39 PM:

Association vs. causality.

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