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Cynicism linked to greater dementia risk, study says

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/28/health/cynical-dementia/index.html?hpt=he_c1

CNN) -- Your spouse "had to stay late at work" -- are you skeptical? Do you think your friend doesn't like you if he cancels dinner plans? Do you suspect that your co-worker is putting her ambitions ahead of the team?

Curmudgeons of the world, listen up: This line of negative thinking might actually hurt your health.

A new study in the latest edition of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found that cynical people have a higher likelihood of developing dementia.

"There have been previous studies that showed that people who were cynical were more likely to die earlier and have other poor health outcomes, but no one that we could tell ever looked at dementia," said Anna-Maija Tolppanen, one of the study's authors and a professor at the University of Eastern Finland. "We have seen some studies that show people who are more open and optimistic have a lower risk for dementia so we thought this was a good question to ask."

Cynicism is a deep mistrust of others. Psychologists consider it a kind of chronic anger that develops over time.

Specifically, the kind of cynicism researchers looked at involved doubting the truth of what people say and believing most people are motivated by self-interest rather than by what is best for the community.

The study tested 1,449 people with an average age of 71. The study participants took a test for dementia. A separate test measured their level of cynicism. Both tests are considered reliable by researchers.

The cynicism test asks if the person agrees with statements like "Most people will use somewhat unfair reasons to gain profit or an advantage rather than lose it"; "I think most people would lie to get ahead"; and "It is safer to trust nobody."

Those who agreed with the critical statements in the test were considered highly cynical. The people with the highest level of cynical distrust had a 2.54 times greater risk of dementia than those with the lowest cynicism rating.

Researchers also examined the test results to see if the subjects who were labeled highly cynical died sooner than the others. But once compounding factors were screened out, they did not. Previous studies have shown a link between cynicism and an earlier death.
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  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    I guess it depends on what they think "dementia" is .......

    Maybe they consider it someone who feels the world is populated with lying $h!+bags who would screw over their own mother for 10 cents... :rotflmao
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    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • Gary S. ColecchioGary S. Colecchio Posts: 24,905 AG
    I doubt it.
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  • CalusaCalusa Posts: 11,881 Officer
    Perhaps "dementia" is when someone feels there are "no problems" and the world abounds in bluebirds and butterflies ..... :kick
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    Calusa wrote: »
    Perhaps "dementia" is when someone feels there are "no problems" and the world abounds in bluebirds and butterflies ..... :kick

    Lying $h!+bags outnumber the bluebirds and butterflies at least 100 to 1......:grin
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • CalusaCalusa Posts: 11,881 Officer
    Then again, maybe its not being able to envision the forest because there are too **** many trees standing in the way.
  • lookinlookin Posts: 1,402 Officer
    Average age of participants was 71. Wonder if they asked how many of them watch the crime report/news every night....after all, it's about 90% negative.

    It does seem as if we are surrounded by more liars these days....even among our so-called leaders. :spin
    God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy
  • tankardtankard Posts: 7,030 Admiral
    I look forward to dementia.

    Then I can walk around pooping in odd places and claim I had no idea what I was doing.
  • CalusaCalusa Posts: 11,881 Officer
    tankard wrote: »

    Then I can walk around pooping in odd places and claim I had no idea what I was doing.

    You just described the FS leadership in NY and Stuart.
  • tankardtankard Posts: 7,030 Admiral
    I don't trust researchers.
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    tankard wrote: »
    I don't trust researchers.

    They can make the "results" say whatever you pay them to....
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • CalusaCalusa Posts: 11,881 Officer
    duckmanJR wrote: »
    They can make the "results" say whatever you pay them to....

    Sure. Anything for the almighty dollar. Money comes first for these people.
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    Calusa wrote: »
    Sure. Anything for the almighty dollar. Money comes first for these people.

    For some...yes.

    PS...That Asian guy in your avatar said he'd change back into a native Indian for $100.... :rotflmao
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    Calusa wrote: »
    Sure. Anything for the almighty dollar. Money comes first for these people.

    I think it was yesterday that the "researchers" released a study (funded by the soft drink mfgs ) that said you would loose more weight by drinking diet soda than just plain water....

    Tap water needs a manufacturers association..... :wink
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • CalusaCalusa Posts: 11,881 Officer
    Heads up. That ain't no Asian. A little to the West my friend ...... hehe
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    Israeli? Nose doesn't look right.............Too far west?

    I don't believe you round eyes.... :wink
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • CalusaCalusa Posts: 11,881 Officer
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    He should sue his parents.....
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • CalusaCalusa Posts: 11,881 Officer
    I think he did. And they counter-sued, then uncle Simon got involved and hired a Goldstein to represent his interests in the matter.
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