McCubbin said some people have what he calls “emotional dampening,” which could lead them to respond inappropriately to anger or other emotions in other people.
“For example, if your work supervisor is angry, you may mistakenly believe that he or she is just kidding,” McCubbin said. “This can lead to miscommunication, poor job performance and increased psychological distress.”
The link between emotional dampening and high blood pressure is thought to be tied to the development of hypertension and the risk of coronary heart disease, the biggest killer of men and women in the U.S.
McCubbin’s study was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine and was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute on Aging.
Solicitor named Citadel’s ‘Young Alumnus of the Year’
Solicitor Dan Johnson has been named the Citadel Alumni Association’s “Young Alumnus of the Year.”
Johnson, a 1993 graduate of the Citadel, is solicitor of the 5th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, serving Richland and Kershaw counties. Johnson also is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“As a ‘citizen soldier’ in every sense of the word, Dan Johnson represents our college with great pride and distinction,” said Citadel Alumni Association executive director Michael Rogers. “He is a role model for other alumni and cadets.”