According to one study, sarcastic people are more likely to have heart disease because they have persistent negative responses to stressful situations.
For most people, a stressful situation triggers a “fight or flight” response, but if the same event occurs again, the body’s response is weakened.
However, those who are very skeptical will experience high levels of stress again.
Previous research has shown that psychological stress causes physiological stress, just like heart disease.
According to new research, stressful situations affect sarcastic people more negatively than those who respond to unhappy situations with anger or aggression.
A team of American researchers studied three different forms of hostility – emotional, behavioral, and cognitive – because they are associated with an increased risk of disease.
And the first such study, published in the journal Psychophysiology, found that cognitive impairment was the greatest risk.
Host Alexandra Tyra, a doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University in Texas, said: “Sarcastic hostility is made up of negative beliefs, thoughts and attitudes about others’ motives, intentions and credibility. it seems important – and can be detrimental to short-term stress as well as long-term health.
The researchers conducted 15- to 20-minute stress tests on 196 participants in two sessions, with a difference of 7 weeks.
They also formed a psychometric measure to measure personality and mood, specifically hostility scores that indicate a tendency toward individual ridicule and chronic hatred.
During the stress part of the study, participants were given five minutes to write a five-minute letter defending the alleged traffic violation or shoplifting against the alleged violation. They were told to record and evaluate the video.
“These social and self-assessment methods are designed to increase the stress experience and have been validated in previous research,” Tyrak said.
Volunteers were then given a five-minute mental arithmetic test, which changed slightly with each visit. Heart rate and blood pressure were recorded every two minutes at each stage.
“When you suffer the same thing several times, the novelty of this situation fades and you don’t respond as much as the first time. That’s a healthy response,” Tyrak said.
But in sarcastic people, the body reacts the same way physically over and over again. “That’s not healthy because over time it causes more pressure on our cardiovascular system,” Tyrak said.
Previous research has shown that stress is just as harmful for us as being overweight, smoking and having a lot of cholesterol.
Source: Daily Mail