How much is your caregiving stress level affected by the personality you were born with? We all know people who seem to roll with caregiving more easily than others. Research shows that this is partly due to factors like the amount of support a caregiver has, the type of support, and the nature of his or her self care. And then there's the situation itself. (Dementia caregiving tends to be higher stress than, say, diabetes care.)
But could it also be that some people have more of a natural "caregiver personality" than others? And if so, how does that buffer their experience?
Just look at the reaction to my last post about caregiver resentment -- a.k.a. "the emotion nobody talks about". Some folks cherish the role; many more embrace it more dutifully or even with difficulty.
I'm not saying any personality type makes a better caregiver than another. Any type can get the job done. But w