Skip to comments.Being a cynic linked to tripled risk of developing dementia, Finland study suggests
Posted on 05/29/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT by BBell
Cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have faith in humanity, a study has shown.
Believing that others are motivated by selfishness, or that they lie to get what they want, appears to radically increase the risk of cognitive decline in later life.
It could mean that grumpy old men and women should be screened more closely for diseases such as Alzheimers. Cynicism has previously been linked to health problems such as heart disease, but this is the first time it has been associated with dementia.
These results add to the evidence that peoples view on life and personality may have an impact on their health, said Dr. Anna-Maija Tolppanen, the lead researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, whose study is published online in the journal Neurology.
Academics asked nearly 1,500 people with an average age of 71 to fill out a questionnaire to measure their levels of cynicism.
They were asked how much they agreed with statements such as I think most people would lie to get ahead, it is safer to trust nobody and most people will use somewhat unfair reasons to gain profit or an advantage rather than lose it.
Those taking part were monitored for eight years, during which time 46 of them were diagnosed with dementia. The academics discovered that those who had scored highly for cynicism were three times more likely to have developed dementia than those with low scores.
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Its a choice. I choose optimism.
I’m thinking I’m pretty much doomed then.
Merry Christmas, everyone. Hello, Ma?
I will give up my cynicism when the world (and especially Washington D.C.) stops giving me reasons to be cynical.
Who paid for this study? Studies just show what the funder wants them to show.
Not me...I'm more of a skeptic than a cynic. My 12 YO son & 3 YO grandson have turned me away from the dark side.
Not that one would ascertain it from most of my posts.
I’m in trouble.
Wait, what were we talking about?
So cynics are three times more likely to live to old age. /cynicism
I question the findings of this study. ;)
So you either live longer and get suckered out of your money by scam artists because you don't believe people are greedy and lie, or you get dementia and get suckered out of your money anyway. Great.
(That doesn't sound cynical, does it?)
Your approach makes sense in a trust but verify sort of way.
I just look at all the rabidly angry psychotic liberals and I know that pessimism is unhealthy.
She embraced the 'hardened cynical bastards' mindset, and hot chicks who play tuba are cool.
Murphy doesn’t take very many vacation days.
A colleague used to remind me that “Murphy was an optimist” meaning of course that even he didn’t know how bad things could get. lol
Remember, there’s a cloud in every silver lining. ;)
Actually I’ve become more like Elvis Costello.
I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused.
I am very skeptical of this study’s findings.
And one more thing...the glass is half empty. And there’s probably a crack in it. ;)
Best reply yet.
I believe that there are good people and that there are bad people, but in the long run the good win out.
humm, a survey that includes “cynical,” untrusting people who nevertheless willingly provide personal, private information to strangers in white coats. ok. now, what could be wrong with this “study.” could the sampling itself be directly generating the studies’ result?
another very good reason to avoid answering all surveys and polls.
Bull$h!t. It’s equally valid to say that the approach of dementia causes a person to become cynical.
In the long run, we didn’t exist for 13.8 billion years, but now, here we are.
Maybe cynics don’t develop dementia so much as grow to match the world around them. It’s self preservation really.
“No matter how cynical I get, it’s impossible to keep up.” - Lily Tomlin
Four years as a stockbroker formulated my primary objective in life: to grow old without becoming bitter.
I heard so many stories from bitter retirees who should have been enjoying comfortable retirements, thanks to the wealth they had accumulated: missed opportunities, lousy jobs, lousy bosses, ungrateful kids, etc. They spent too much time dwelling on the past.
As to my ungrateful kids, I simply say "you're going to miss me when I'm gone." lol
Atleast being a cynic or a skeptic will give you a good chance of reaching the age when dementia kicks in.
If the glass is half empty, who stole the other half?
There’s also a .99 correlation between margarine in the house and the divorce rate...
(apologies to Henry Kissinger)
Obviously, someone was targeting MY water glass. Probably someone in the Obama administration.
What’s my name again. Why am I posting here?
I’ve found that life is a whole lot less aggravating ones I learned to let things roll off my back.
If the glass is half empty, who stole the other half?
The guy I trusted too much.
I don’t believe a word of whatever we were talking about
There is no good way to screen for Alzheimers unless you kill them first and then do an autopsy. You can only screen for dementia (various causes).
Excellent take on this “study”.
I smell a hidden agenda to get more funding for something.
Pardon me, but I dont believe in this ‘scientific’ study of ...of...of... Well, it was something important I’m sure of that.
They MUST be crazy to oppose liberal policies. Everybody KNOWS that, right? The longer they've held these beliefs, the crazier they are!
I see the difference between 1910 liberalism and 1930 liberalism as the difference between having faith and being a cynic: Theodore Roosevelt famously asserted that"It is not the critic who counts . . . the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena . . . who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds . . .The meaning of liberalism was inverted, according to Safires New Political Dictionary, in the 1920s. So now, liberalism means the attitude expressed by Fauxcohantas or by Barak Obama:
If youve got a business, you didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen.The latter quotation is pure cynicism in comparison to the former one.