Old Man Cynic
Can being too cynical drive you crazy?
The latest study involved 1,449 people with an average age of 71. Participants underwent tests for dementia and were asked to fill out questionnaires about their level of cynicism.If that's the case, then the government is contributing to it significantly...
Participants were asked to rate how much they agree with statements like "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."
Researchers then grouped participants based on low, moderate and high levels of cynical distrust.
After accounting for other factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, the findings revealed that high levels of cynical distrust triples the risk of dementia.