Posts Tagged: Relationships

The key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundance (maybe)

Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts—an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, a new study suggests.

What the researchers say: More than 1,100 Americans and 1,600 Europeans—including 775 Swiss and 871 German-speaking adults—participated in the study, which tested the validity of a widely used psychological assessment tool called the Implicit Theory of Willpower for Strenuous Mental Activities Scale.… [read more]

The rich like short-term relationships

No wonder there are so many divorces among the rich-listers: According to new research being rich may cause people to favor short-term relationships.

In a new study, a research team captured the relationship preferences of 151 heterosexual male and female volunteers (75 men and 76 women) by asking them to look at pictures of 50 potential partners and to indicate whether they would prefer a long or short-term relationship with each.… [read more]

Being treated unfairly at work leads to illness

Staff who feel they are treated unfairly at work are at increased risk of being off sick more frequently and for longer, according to new research by a team from a number of universities in Europe and the US.

What the researchers say: Increasingly important contributing factors to mental and physical illness—and therefore sick leave—are found in the work environment.… [read more]

Depression, burnout and low quality of life.

Human stress is simply a result of our modern society forcing us to try and exceed our genetic design specs. We are simply not designed to live in a materialistic unequal society and work in the ways and for the long hours that we do.… [read more]

The desire to share wealth has nothing to do with fairness

In a new study, researchers found support for the theory that redistribution is a function of compassion, self-interest, and envy—but not fairness.

What the researchers say: Economic redistribution has been a core political dispute around the world for centuries. And while intuitively fairness seems a natural explanation for why people support redistribution, the researchers found that fairness doesn’t really explain who supports redistribution or why.… [read more]

Empowering workers can cause uncertainty and resentment

Attempts by managers to empower staff by delegating different work to them or asking for their opinions can be detrimental to employee productivity, research shows. On the face of it this finding goes against current conventional wisdom.

What the researchers say: Giving employees more authority can have a negative impact on their day to day performance and perhaps give the impression that their boss is just seeking to avoid doing their own work, according to the study.… [read more]

Divorce may be a death sentence.

An interesting piece of research was published today in the journal Social Science Research. The researchers, citing longitudinal US and WHO figures demonstrate a somewhat unfortunate statistic. You are more likely to die from preventable accidents and other causes if you are either socioeconomically deprived or divorced.… [read more]

Americans rely less on government programs.

The gist of a study in the October edition of the American Sociological Review is that overall Americans are moving to the right and trusting government less. The researchers also found that Americans are becoming increasing partisan and polarized. Other studies have found the same trends—polarization and a shift to anti-government sentiment–in Europe and other parts of the world.… [read more]