In Praise of Squares

Boring personalities live longer.  It’s science.

From Culture 11:

[…]people who are highly conscientiousness live two to four years longer than those who are not.

They are, in a shibboleth of yesteryear, squares. Or, in other outmoded words: bourgeois, backwards, middle-brow, mainstream, uncool, unhip, traditional, prosaic, prim, reactionary, lame, prudes, prigs, tools, dullards, drudges, followers, and functionaries. Some old words may have lost their bite. […]

The solution for becoming conscientious is surprising, and for socially conservative readers, welcome. To become more conscientious, grow up. Research shows that getting married, holding a steady job, and joining a strong local community help improve one’s self control. By investing in conventional social roles, or “buying into society’s desires,” Roberts says, people naturally grow more orderly, responsible, and efficacious.

Published by paulalanrichardson

Lawyer. Writer. Friendly. Optimistic.

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