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Influence of Personal Patterns of Behavior on the Effects of Tai Chi
March 28, 2011 -
Do the individual patterns of personality and behavior have any influence on the change in mood status after a brief period of Tai Chi exercise? That is the question several Japanese researchers from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine wanted to address in their study.
The study used the Type A and Type B personality theory, which describes two common, contrasting personality types—the high-strung Type A and the easy-going Type B—as patterns of behavior that could either raise or lower, respectively, one's chances of developing coronary heart disease.
Though it has been widely controversial in the scientific and medical communities since its publication, the theory has nonetheless persisted, both in the form of pop psychology and in the general lexicon, as a way to describe one's personality. Such descriptions are still often equated with coronary heart disease or other health issues, though not always as a direct result of the theory.
In the Japanese study, the mood status in 22 healthy females was evaluated before and after a period of Tai Chi exercise, using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) score. Patterns of personal behavior were also assessed by written questionnaire.
In the type A behavior pattern group, the score for total mood disturbance decreased significantly after a brief period (20 min) of Tai Chi exercise. No change was observed in the type B behavior pattern group.
These findings suggest that a brief period of Tai Chi exercise is mentally beneficial, particularly to individuals with type A characteristics. This study is published in the January 2011 issue of Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine.




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