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May personality factors predict mortality? Explain your answer.
After reading the text again I would have to say yes personality factors may predict mortality,
but to some extent. First, I feel that personality guides behavior therefore could affect a person’s
mortality. For example, if a person a person has an extrovert personality and loves the adrenalin
rush he or she may die earlier in an extreme activity. However, extreme activities do not always
lead to death.
Furthermore, terror management theory discusses how defenses against death can be caused by
the conscious and unconscious mind (Feist & Feist, 2009, p. 366). For example, if a person has a
laidback personality he or she may believe that it is not necessary to exercise at the present time.
However, a person that has been diagnosed with a heart condition and is told that he or she must
lose weight to stay alive, he or she may change their exercise routines. If a person has a stubborn
personality, he or she may feel that exercising will not change the outcome and therefore his or
her chance of living longer may decrease.
Feist & Feist (2009) note that theorists, such as May, believed that “by their nature, people have
enormous capacity for self-awareness, but often that capacity remains fallow. People sometimes
lack the courage to face their destiny or to recognize the evil that exists within their culture as
well as within themselves” (p. 369). In other words, sometimes a person’s personality can hold
him or her back from facing their destiny, although they do have a free choice.
In general, a person’s personality can play a role in one’s own mortality.
Feist, J., & Feist, G. (2009). Theories of personality (7
th
ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.

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