People who feel anxious and insecure in their relationships are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems than those who don’t.
Researchers from Pennsylvania’s Arcadia University, surveyed 5,645 people on their attachment style. They then separated respondents into three groups: secure (able to comfortably get close to others), avoidant (difficulty getting close to and trusting others) and anxious (needy and worrying about rejection).
Initially, the researchers were focused on the correlation between chronic pain and attachment style; they confirmed that avoidant and anxious folks were more likely to suffer from arthritis, headaches and other types of chronic pain. Over the course of the study, they also discovered that those with an anxious attachment style were at higher risk than the general population for a host of cardiovascular problems.
So, it turns out that if you worry too much about getting your heart broken, it may literally break your heart.
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