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posted by janrinok on Saturday May 20 2023, @11:13PM   Printer-friendly

Swedish obstetricians and gynecologists are noticeably more emotionally stable and conscientious compared to the majority of the Swedish population:

Personality is usually summarized in five traits - the so-called "big five": Emotional stability (neuroticism), extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness. Our personality then shapes our decision-making style. In a research study from Lund University, Swedish obstetricians' and gynecologists' personality profiles and clinical experience are linked for the first time to their decision-making styles in acute childbirth situations.

"Obstetricians and gynecologists have a personality profile that differs significantly from the population at large. On average, 85 percent of Sweden's population has significantly lower emotional stability, extroversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness than the obstetricians in our study. It's hard not to be surprised when the differences are so clear", says Petri Kajonius, associate professor of personality psychology and behavioral measurement at Lund University.

It is our personality that defines what we will enjoy in our professional life, and the consequence is likely a self-selection of people who seek a certain profession. Swedish obstetric-focused physicians' personalities make them comfortable in an environment where a childbirth situation can quickly shift to something acute and potentially escalate into a crisis. Here, traits such as emotional stability and conscientiousness are prominent.

Journal Reference:
Raoust, G., Kajonius, P. & Hansson, S. Personality traits and decision-making styles among obstetricians and gynecologists managing childbirth emergencies [open]. Sci Rep 13, 5607 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-32658-6

How do you assess your own personal emotional stability. Are you excitable, or calm and methodical, or does it change frequently depending upon the current situation that you find yourself?


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  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Sunday May 21 2023, @12:06AM (2 children)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Sunday May 21 2023, @12:06AM (#1307182)

    I mean, people treat *me* like an expert for the better part of a year, and after I do something I've done a hundred times before -- a lot of which is monitoring diagnostics -- they're *sooooo* grateful. Both the individual and usually a partner respect me like I was the make-or-break in the most emotionally positive moment in their life. Who thought learning how to write [insert programming language or tool here] would make me so appreciated?

    After being reminded of my personal importance to random strangers so powerfully multiple times a week, I guess I am pretty great after all :-)

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @03:55AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @03:55AM (#1307194)

      Obstetricians and gynecologists touch the poooosy and this has a very soothing effect. The data support this conclusion.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @01:06PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @01:06PM (#1307219)

        It is one of the ways of becoming a stable genius.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @05:00AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @05:00AM (#1307198)

    Given the possibility that everyone is just a sprite in an AI-generated simulation, I really don't give a fuck what "they" think at all. I'm the star of my Universe.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:00AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:00AM (#1307203)
      Based on current known science everyone is the center of the universe from their perspective.
    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:20AM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Sunday May 21 2023, @07:20AM (#1307204) Journal

      The star of your universe? Your universe must be a very dark one, with only one star.

      --
      The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
  • (Score: 2) by legont on Monday May 22 2023, @12:06AM

    by legont (4179) on Monday May 22 2023, @12:06AM (#1307271)

    Folks who don't give a shit about sex are more stable.

    BTW, whats the difference between obstetricians and gynecologists?

    --
    "Wealth is the relentless enemy of understanding" - John Kenneth Galbraith.
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