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Being a cynic linked to tripled risk of developing dementia, Finland study suggests
The Daily Telegraph, National Post Wire Services | ^ | Sarah Knapton

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 Alzheimer’s. 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 people’s 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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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: andyrooneyexplained; cynic; dementia; finland
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I am a cynic. There are a lot of cynics here at FR. It's hard not to be a cynic in this day and age.
1 posted on 05/29/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT by BBell
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To: BBell

Its a choice. I choose optimism.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 1:36:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: BBell

I’m thinking I’m pretty much doomed then.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 1:36:54 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: BBell

I’m screwed.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 1:37:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BBell
What a silly proposition.

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5 posted on 05/29/2014 1:37:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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6 posted on 05/29/2014 1:38:55 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: BBell

7 posted on 05/29/2014 1:39:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: BBell

I will give up my cynicism when the world (and especially Washington D.C.) stops giving me reasons to be cynical.


8 posted on 05/29/2014 1:39:35 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: BBell
I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says 'A cynic is a pessimist with a sense of humor.'
9 posted on 05/29/2014 1:39:59 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: BBell
Optimist by temperament, pessimist by policy. Murphy doesn't take very many vacation days.

/johnny

10 posted on 05/29/2014 1:40:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BBell

Who paid for this study? Studies just show what the funder wants them to show.


11 posted on 05/29/2014 1:40:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dfwgator
I’m screwed.

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.

12 posted on 05/29/2014 1:41:29 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: BBell

I’m in trouble.

Wait, what were we talking about?


13 posted on 05/29/2014 1:41:42 PM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: BBell

So cynics are three times more likely to live to old age. /cynicism


14 posted on 05/29/2014 1:42:28 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: BBell

Bah. Humbug.


15 posted on 05/29/2014 1:42:36 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: BBell

I question the findings of this study. ;)


16 posted on 05/29/2014 1:43:52 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: BBell
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.

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?)

17 posted on 05/29/2014 1:43:58 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.


18 posted on 05/29/2014 1:44:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: real saxophonist
In college, I was tuba section leader. We called ourselves the 'hardened cynical bastards'. Just because. A female member joined us, and we welcomed her in.

She embraced the 'hardened cynical bastards' mindset, and hot chicks who play tuba are cool.

19 posted on 05/29/2014 1:46:18 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Murphy doesn’t take very many vacation days.

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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


20 posted on 05/29/2014 1:46:25 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Night Hides Not

Remember, there’s a cloud in every silver lining. ;)


21 posted on 05/29/2014 1:49:35 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Actually I’ve become more like Elvis Costello.

I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 1:51:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BBell

I am very skeptical of this study’s findings.


23 posted on 05/29/2014 1:51:58 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Night Hides Not

And one more thing...the glass is half empty. And there’s probably a crack in it. ;)


24 posted on 05/29/2014 1:52:15 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard
I question the findings of this study. ;)

Best reply yet.

25 posted on 05/29/2014 1:52:24 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

I believe that there are good people and that there are bad people, but in the long run the good win out.


26 posted on 05/29/2014 1:52:26 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
In the really long run, we all die. ;)

/johnny

27 posted on 05/29/2014 1:56:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BBell

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.


28 posted on 05/29/2014 1:57:11 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: BBell

Bull$h!t. It’s equally valid to say that the approach of dementia causes a person to become cynical.


29 posted on 05/29/2014 1:57:39 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

In the long run, we didn’t exist for 13.8 billion years, but now, here we are.


30 posted on 05/29/2014 1:58:59 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62
I'm not staying long... I'll be gone before the buffet closes. ;)

/johnny

31 posted on 05/29/2014 2:00:14 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BBell

Maybe cynics don’t develop dementia so much as grow to match the world around them. It’s self preservation really.


32 posted on 05/29/2014 2:01:16 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: BBell

“No matter how cynical I get, it’s impossible to keep up.” - Lily Tomlin


33 posted on 05/29/2014 2:02:39 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Carl Vehse
“No matter how cynical I get, it’s impossible to keep up.” - Lily Tomlin

Genius!

34 posted on 05/29/2014 2:04:55 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: cripplecreek
I just look at all the rabidly angry psychotic liberals and I know that pessimism is unhealthy.

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

35 posted on 05/29/2014 2:08:12 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: BBell

Atleast being a cynic or a skeptic will give you a good chance of reaching the age when dementia kicks in.


36 posted on 05/29/2014 2:10:12 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: BBell
Hmmmm..... And a study on aging that was just released recently found that people with low blood pressure were much more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people with high blood pressure. So does that mean that cynics are more likely to have low blood pressure?
37 posted on 05/29/2014 2:10:52 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: Starboard

If the glass is half empty, who stole the other half?


38 posted on 05/29/2014 2:11:11 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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To: BBell

There’s also a .99 correlation between margarine in the house and the divorce rate...

Spurious Correlations:
http://www.tylervigen.com/


39 posted on 05/29/2014 2:13:13 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BBell
It's not cynicism if people really do suck.

(apologies to Henry Kissinger)

40 posted on 05/29/2014 2:13:42 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: real saxophonist

Obviously, someone was targeting MY water glass. Probably someone in the Obama administration.


41 posted on 05/29/2014 2:13:53 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BBell

What’s my name again. Why am I posting here?


42 posted on 05/29/2014 2:15:00 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Night Hides Not

I’ve found that life is a whole lot less aggravating ones I learned to let things roll off my back.


43 posted on 05/29/2014 2:18:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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If the glass is half empty, who stole the other half?

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The guy I trusted too much.


44 posted on 05/29/2014 2:18:53 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: BBell

I don’t believe a word of whatever we were talking about


45 posted on 05/29/2014 2:20:46 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: BBell
should be screened more closely for diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

There is no good way to screen for Alzheimer’s unless you kill them first and then do an autopsy. You can only screen for dementia (various causes).

46 posted on 05/29/2014 2:21:59 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: dadfly

Excellent take on this “study”.

I smell a hidden agenda to get more funding for something.


47 posted on 05/29/2014 2:24:48 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: BBell

Pardon me, but I dont believe in this ‘scientific’ study of ...of...of... Well, it was something important I’m sure of that.


48 posted on 05/29/2014 2:32:16 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: BBell
In other words, concocted justification for throwing political opponents into sanatoriums.

They MUST be crazy to oppose liberal policies. Everybody KNOWS that, right? The longer they've held these beliefs, the crazier they are!

-PJ

49 posted on 05/29/2014 2:33:09 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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I am a cynic. There are a lot of cynics here at FR. It's hard not to be a cynic in this day and age.
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 Safire’s New Political Dictionary, in the 1920s. So now, “liberalism” means the attitude expressed by Fauxcohantas or by Barak Obama:
If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
The latter quotation is pure cynicism in comparison to the former one.

50 posted on 05/29/2014 2:34:18 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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