Neurotic Men Improve the Health of Women, But Not Vice Versa

This is excellent news for my wife. Psychological researchers have discovered that women gain a health benefit by living with neurotic men:
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Conscientiousness is a good thing in a mate, researchers report, not just because it's easier to live with someone who washes the dishes without being asked, but also because having a conscientious partner may actually be good for one's health. Their study, of adults over age 50, also found that women, but not men, get an added health benefit when paired with someone who is conscientious and neurotic.

This is the first large-scale analysis of what the authors call the "compensatory conscientiousness effect," the boost in health reported by those with conscientious spouses or romantic partners. The study appears this month in Psychological Science.

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That image made my heart flip and stomach turn; a total reaction to the abject! Was not expecting /that/ at 1:50 in the morning... It was like drinking a very strong cup of coffee very, very quickly.

Thank goodness I live with a conscientious neurotic; or maybe I'd be dead!
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When I first saw that picture I instantly thought "that looks like [Radiohead singer] Thom Yorke!" It would've been a perfect fit for the article's subject matter.

Following the link to Mr. Greenjeans's Flickr account...turns out it's a "cast" of someone's face, found in the backyard of his customer.

Oh well. An interesting picture for an interesting article!
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