You developed a type D personality style for many reasons. Family styles, values and beliefs shape the way we express ourselves. In some cultures, expressing emotions -- especially negative ones -- is seen as weak or inappropriate. Or perhaps a substance abuse problem in your family created a climate of secrecy. Nonetheless, part of you wants to express yourself, and now you know it is better for your health. You don’t need to accept and maintain past attitudes that are damaging to your emotional and psychological well-being.
Do you have a question about personality and heart health? Dr. Landau will be answering your questions on our Heart Health message board on Monday through Friday, 8/15 to 8/19.