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Stressed at Work? Blame Your Parents

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In today’s corporate world it might be easy to blame the boss for your work related stress,  but a new study suggests that maybe your family is at the root of the problem.

It’s not that it’s really their fault. It is more likely, scientists say, that genetics are playing a significant role in your reactions to stress.

Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business researchers claim that things like anxiety at work, job satisfaction and health issues that arise as the result of work-related stress are more genetically driven than previously thought. They studied nearly 600 identical and fraternal twins, and discovered that being raised in the same environment didn’t appear to have nearly as strong an effect on traits like personality, stress and health, as having the same genes did.

Overall, the idea of our stress level comes more from our genetic make-up than the circumstances of our job.

[Business News Daily]

[original paper]

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