Chapter 10 discusses stress and satisfaction in regards to one’s career. What the Terman Project showed is, in conjunction with other personality factors, individuals who had satisfaction and success in their line of career, no matter how much stress came with it, lived longer than individuals who were not as motivated. One reason this was so interesting to me is that I’m a very laid back individual especially when it comes to career goals, so this made me realize that I need to engage in a little more perseverance when faced with a challenge. Just because I think it would be difficult to complete medical school does not mean that I shouldn’t try if I think that I could excel in that field.
I was much less interested in Chapter 11 than with Chapter 10. While it had to do with a very interesting top (religiosity), the main finding was that there is less to do with one’s level of religiosity as it did with their individual characteristics. This seems to be a common theme in the book, so I don’t feel the need to go into it again.