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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Scientists have figured out how loneliness affects the psyche

Loneliness reinforces the self-centeredness of man, and self-centeredness, in turn, causes even more to seek solitude. To such conclusion psychologists have come, representing the University of Chicago. According to scientists, understanding this relationship gives a chance to more likely to break this vicious circle.

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Experts analyzed information about 229 men and women the Spanish, Caucasian and African-American origin, selected at random from among the participants of another study, which was conducted from 2002 through 2013. At the beginning of the study, the age of all participants ranged from 50 to 58 years. Scholars interested in how an excessive amount of time spent alone, affects their character.

As it turned out, man, long time leading a solitary life, becoming more self-centered — it is assumed that in this case is involved a protective psychological mechanism. In turn, the growing egocentrism provoked the person even more to “withdraw”, although in this case, the dependence was much less noticeable. However, experts stress that even moderate influence of egocentrism on the desire to be alone was a surprise to them.

Anyway, positive feedback made a lonely man increasingly removed from society. According to the researchers, the result of such could have a negative impact on their psychological and even physical condition — as stated, single study participants were faced with health problems often others.

Scientists believe that additional attention to the fact whether he inclined a lonely man to egocentrism, to help psychologists to more effectively help him. His scientific work the researchers published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


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