How Personality Traits Tip Over Into Mental Illness
Psychologists are aware that personality can factor into mental health - for example, perfectionism leading to clinical depression and anxiety disorders ? but the relationship between certain personality traits and psychiatric illnesses isn’t entirely clear. A fascinating new study published in Nature Genetics on Dec. 5 takes this association a step further. The findings suggest that personality traits and mental illness exist on a continuum, sharing key influences on a genetic level.