Skip to comments.Wealthy Singapore ranks as world's most stoic nation
Posted on 11/24/2012 6:31:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The most emotionless society is Singapore's despite its reputation for being among the world's richest, a new survey has revealed.
Gallup looked at 150 countries where about 1,000 residents were asked whether they experienced five positive and five negative emotions a lot during the course of a day. The results were based on interviews taken over a three-year period.
Questions included whether people felt well-rested or enjoyment, smiled and laughed or felt worry, sadness, stress or anger.
The 36% in Singapore who reported feeling anything is the lowest in the world, the Washington-based research and analytics organization found. This figure is an aggregation of data from 2009-2011; in Gallup's latest measure taken last year, just 30% of those surveyed in Singapore felt anything at all.
The findings belie Singapore's 1.9% jobless rate in the third quarter and per capita GDP of more than US$50,000 -- among the highest in the world.
"The implications for an emotionless society are significant," wrote Jon Clifton, a partner at Gallup and director of the Gallup Government Group. "To continue to be competitive in today's world, Singapore must begin focusing on behavioral-based indicators that move beyond GDP.
"The bottom line is that Singaporeans are productive, highly disciplined citizens who are not enjoying their lives much," he wrote in an accompanying article for the Gallup Business Journal. "This culture has won historically, but it will not move to the next level until its leadership takes wellbeing seriously."
Trailing right behind Singapore were nearly half of the 15 former Soviet republics: Georgia and Lithuania, with 37%; and Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, with 38%.
Tying at 38% were Madagascar and Nepal.
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So the propaganda is, ‘don’t complain about the sh!t sandwich you’re eating, it’s for your own good and you should take pride.’ Similar shlock was promoted by Goebbels.
oh bull hockey. Emotions are a trap and psychologists and their focus on “feelings” have caused a lot of damage. Those who are not dictated to by their emotions are immensely better able to copy than those who are ruled by them. Enjoying their lives, sheesh. eyeroll
copy = cope
I suppose it’s easy to be “stoic” when you know you’ll get caned for spitting on the sidewalk or chewing gum. Or tossed in jail for what in other countries are minor offenses.
City life makes everybody stoic. Manhattan commuters aren't exactly a barrel of laughs, either.
A friend of ours was a technical trainer...he’d traveled throughout the Far East teaching classes. He’s always said that those in Singapore are the most difficult to teach or establish a rapport with...they give no feedback, so you never have an idea if you’re getting through or not, or if they’re understand and/or liking the classes. Evidently China has much more affable students.