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Ten-year study finds loneliness and self-centeredness appear to be mutually reinforcing

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Ten-year study finds loneliness and self-centeredness appear to be mutually reinforcing

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  1. winglerw28

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    This makes a lot of logical sense; being self-centered makes you think less of the people around you, isolating you, and being isolated gives you more time to think about yourself.

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  2. incongruity

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Hey! I worked on that study when data was first collected! Awesome to see the research still yielding new value.

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  3. qu1ckbeam

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    > Targeting self-centredness as part of an intervention to lessen loneliness may help break a positive feedback loop that maintains or worsens loneliness over years.

    And targeting loneliness may help reduce self-centredness. Interesting cultural and subcultural implications.

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  4. Pusheen_Loves_You

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I could have told them that ten years ago. It’s hard being incredibly sheltered and alone and not get trapped in your own head and self centered. Sometimes you’re the only one taking care of you.

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  5. physquest

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I guess r/incels won’t like to hear that.

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  6. ArtLounge

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Can confirm.

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  7. [deleted]

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

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  8. mortuarymom

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Ive been dragged

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  9. J2501

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Telling someone ‘be less selfish, and you won’t be as lonely’ has some really douchey undertones. It’s not truly justice for those who were exploited in their young adulthood, as most Americans beneath the one percent are. And now that same one percent that had free rides to fraternity fun are telling us to settle for their leftovers.

    Reactionary selfishness is a consequence of being surrounded by selfish people, but some of those people are victims, and some are victimizers. This generalized, idealistic advice doesn’t really acknowledge or meaningfully address that.

    And it’s become so common in post-secondary education: The professors try so hard to instill these pro-social morals in those who can afford higher education, but ultimately, they create a bunch of preachy hypocrites who go out and tell the working class to stop being so selfish.

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  10. blisstime

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    The study that finally uncovered why are neckbeards are so arrogant.

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  11. o0joshua0o

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    This ends up with you turning into a joyless curmudgeon

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  12. missiesmithy

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Ten year study can kiss my ass. I’ve done a lifetime study on this and any down voting this comment gets will only serve my point further.

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  13. Concumber

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    So this is why I managed to keep myself in a mental prison for the first place 18 years of my life. Hm.

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  14. Argh0naut

    October 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    The study itself states that wether or not loneliness is caused by self-centeredness is not clear, there is only a strong correlation between these two attributes. I think it’s not unreasonabe to speculate that being lonely for an extended period of time can lead to more self-centeredness but I doubt the opposite is true as well.

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