Monday, July 26, 2010

Americans appear More Prone to gloominess Than Russians

A many social observers have described as a generally dark and brooding take on life, a new report suggests that Russians are actually less likely than Americans to be depressed.

In fact, researchers have uncovered indications that the Russian cultural tendency to dwell on the negative may ultimately insulate them from feelings of distress when engaged in self reflection.

"Among Westerners, focusing on one's negative feelings tends to impair well-being, but among Russians, that is not the case," study co-author Igor Grossmann, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Michigan, said in a university news release.

"Russians focus more on their negative feelings than Americans do," Grossmann explained, "but they spontaneously distance themselves from their emotions to a greater extent than Americans , who tend to immerse themselves in their recalled experiences."

The Russians appeared to experience less misery than the Americans after retelling the experience , and placed blame less often on the person involved in the incident. The Russians were also able to immediately distance themselves from their recollections, even while discussing them a skill linked to less distress and feelings of blame, the study authors noted.

Culture, accomplished the authors, has calamity on the emotional and cognitive penalty of bad experience.

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