This is outdated thinking. Forty years ago, doctors were taught that UC was a neurotic disease, and that people who got it were meticulous, anxious people. We've learned a bit since then, and know that it, like many other diseases, is a physical problem and not a mental weakness.
As a rebuttal, I invite you to view the numbers of us who have successful lives and careers, who supervise people or run businesses. This theory has been soundly debunked, and needs to be given a decent burial.
Unfortunately I blended the summary of the Drs' report with the blogger's commentary on it. I don't think there is anything in the physicians' report that requires rebuttal. No theory has been advanced, just a statement that there is a statistical correlation, not a causal correlation, between UC and "complex neurotics".
It would be absurd for the MD's to imply a causal correlation. After all. it may well be that complex neurotics are more likely to participate in this sort of survey, thus skewing the numbers.
The docs' report report refers to "nearly half" of the survey population, so there are going to be many tens of millions of UC patients to whom it does not apply. Interestingly, one poster ITT says that the findings are so broad-based as to be applicable to pretty well anybody, while another says his personality is 180 degrees opposite to what was reported. Plenty of room for variation.
In retrospect, I shouldn't have included the blogger's personal opinion, this part:
"Perhaps immaturity in the mental sense would sum up these symptoms. In this study, it was noted that none of the patients was the oldest child in the family, and nearly half were the youngest or only child. Ulcerative colitis patients appear to be unable to meet everyday problems and seem to be unable to assert themselves as other people can. They often have no absorbing interests, no hobbies, apparently no clear objective in life."
Nowhere do the doctors offer this sort of subjective judgment. They just present some numbers, basically.
Unfortunately the blogger doesn't seem to have provided a link to the report, and proffers this disclaimer:
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Btw, I've had an interesting and enjoyable life, despite having begun by living as a young neurotic in a weird family. I've done pretty well, except for the part bout having colitis