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Nature Vs Nurture: Are We Born With Our Personality?

A study by the University of Warwick found that children born prematurely or underweight are more likely to be neurotic, introverted and risk-averse adults.

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"Children that are born prematurely or very underweight are more likely to grow up and become introverted neurotic and risk averse adults."

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A better life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. - Like a lot of your physical traits, your personality to some extent is something you're born with. I'm Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent. Children that are born prematurely or very underweight are more likely to grow up and become introverted, neurotic and risk-averse adults. The University of Warwick study findings explain why people born before 32 weeks or weighing less than 3.3 pounds are more likely to have difficulties in their careers and their relationships. Researchers speculated that children born to early or to thin are exposed to considerable stress in neo-natal ICUs and this affects not only their brain development, but also their adaptive abilities, so preemies may need more attention and support in the classroom and be encouraged to socialize more, such as bringing other children home for sleepovers. But don't fall into that trap of being overprotective that can make children even more anxious, I am Dr. Sanjay Gupta helping you live a better life.