Life Purpose Buffers Bad Moods Triggered by Diversity

Ted Boscia, Medical Xpress, September 4, 2013

Being in the minority in an ethnically diverse crowd is distressing, regardless of your ethnicity, unless you have a sense of purpose in life, reports a Cornell developmental psychologist.

Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology, led the study, which was conducted on Chicago trains. The findings shed light on how people encounter diversity in everyday settings at a time when the United States is more racially mixed than ever, with  pointing to a more multicultural melting pot in decades to come.

In two experiments, college students reported their mood as they rode a train from Chicago’s North Side toward the city center for 14 consecutive stops, while Burrow’s team privately recorded naturally occurring changes to the overall ethnic and gender makeup of the car’s passengers during the trip. For the first study, all 111 participants filled out a short questionnaire to assess their life purpose prior to boarding. In the second study, before riding, half of the 116 participants completed a 10-minute  about life purpose, while the others responded to a question about movies.

Participants’  heightened as the ratio of people from different  aboard the train increased, regardless of their own race and after controlling for various factors, such as an individual’s personality,  with metro trains and perceived safety of the surrounding neighborhoods. In both studies, however, those who had a sense of purpose or had written about their life aims did not experience the worsened mood associated with riding among a diverse crowd.

“This research is among the first to show negative reactivity to diversity occurs dynamically within people, and not just between them,” Burrow said. “That is, it is not simply that people who reside in more ethnically diverse communities experience greater distress than those living in less ethnically , as suggested by past studies. Now we can see that when a person is in a more ethnically diverse setting, they feel more distressed than when they are in less ethnically diverse settings.”

But the negative feelings vanished in purpose-driven individuals. {snip}

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  • “This research is among the first to show negative reactivity to
    diversity occurs dynamically within people, and not just between them,”
    Burrow said

    But not the first. What about Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone?

    • ms_anthro

      They use the weasel word “among” to give themselves plausible deniability. You see it a lot in modern governmedia propaganda.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Now we can see that when a person is in a more ethnically diverse setting, they feel more distressed than when they are in less ethnically diverse settings.”

    Yeah – for instance, when you’re surrounded by a mob of black gangsta thugs on the subway, one might discern that a white person might be more ‘distressed.’

    “But the negative feelings vanished in purpose-driven individuals.”

    Yeah – Sort of like when that happens, I casually take out my Colt .45 M1911A – and voila, my ‘negative feelings’ vanish – same as that mob of black gangsta thugs who all left in a hurry at the previous subway stop.

    Wanna know why? – Simple. I am a ‘purpose-driven individual.’

    [The above real life scenario has been brought to you as a PSA, to counter the pointy-headed academic ‘study’ done by idiot leftists, who have nothing better to do, than to take ‘diversity’ as a major.]

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    The Financial Times had a good summary in 2008 of the Robert Putnam findings on the perils of diversity — to which Question Diversity refers:

    “A bleak picture of the corrosive effects of ethnic diversity has been revealed in research by Harvard University’s Robert Putnam, one of the world’s most influential political scientists. His research shows that the more diverse a community is, the less likely its inhabitants are to trust anyone – from their next-door neighbor to the mayor” (Financial Times, Oct. 8, 2006).

    Putnam: “… in the presence of diversity, we hunker down. We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us.”

    “Putnam found trust was lowest in Los Angeles, ‘the most diverse human habitation in human history.’ … When the data were adjusted for class, income and other factors, they showed that the more people of different races lived in the same community, the greater the loss of trust.”
    ===

    If the “purpose” of a “purpose-driven person” is escape from diversity-induced distress, then perhaps this new Cornell study has some validity.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Somehow I doubt Whites feel stressed out on a train full of Chinese grandmas, or solitary blacks on a train full of Whites. It’s when NAMs are present in significant enough numbers to pose a safety hazard that everyone else is on edge.

    • John Ulfsson

      “Whites feel stressed out on a train full of Chinese grandmas”

      Of course they do, even if it isn’t fear you’re still stressed to an extent because you’re a sore thumb just by virtue of obvious physical differences.

      • sbuffalonative

        Now they just have to find a way to prove that more diversity will diminish stress.

      • IstvanIN

        Who wants to be the odd man out in the country their forefathers built?

      • Brian

        Yeah, it’s not danger but you still feel like the odd man out and have a palpable rush of relief or comfort when getting back among familiar faces. I have tried over the years to cut the black man a little slack because of this, but there is a limit.

        • Jenkem Huffington

          Blacks ALWAYS see kindness as weakness, and will label you as a victim or easy mark. Of course being rude “disrespeckin’ me, gnomesain” is also a common provocation to violent outbursts.
          Really it’s best to avoid them entirely and ignore them when coontact can’t be avoided.

          • Brian

            True. Since moving into Atlanta (grew up in a whitopia suburb) I have had an education on this. I ignore/avoid when possible, but of course in Atl it’s tough. My walk is different, my stare, my tone and pitch of voice, situational awareness, etc. The concealed .45ACP doesn’t hurt either. I have had to subtly display it a couple times…remarkably effective at attitude adjustment, esp. when accompanied by a growling ‘you are f*$%-ing with the _wrong_ redneck, Trayvon’ or some such. I think the locals are so used to white liberal guilt types (giving money to bums and then _apologizing for not having more cash_) they are a bit stunned to encounter old-school attitudes.

            The turning point though was some years ago when my brother was mugged at gunpoint by two black 14-year-olds, Marcuse and LarQuavious (no joke) down in Savannah. (Fortunately a local good ol’ boy in a nearby pickup helped him, and drove the perps off without injury to my brother. Racial profiling works!) When I heard about this, something snapped in my head and the residual fog of egalitarianism vanished like morning mist.

            Anyway, the gal and I are looking to move up to north GA mountains, virtually vibrancy-free except for a few amigos and south Indians, and get a small farm. Got to save some more $ first though.

          • Jenkem Huffington

            Good for you! I have bought some land in rural Maine (can go weeks without seeing a bone-head here) and am getting involved in farming as well. The quality of life is remarkable when you can go 2-3 weeks without dealing with any jaboonery.
            When/if the day comes that the EBT cards stop working you’re not going to want to be within 90 miles of a major city or population center. We have bred such a parasite/dependent class it won’t just be the muds you’ll need to protect yourself from.

          • Brian

            I had a chance to take a motorcycle trip from GA up to Quebec some years back, roughly following the Appalachian trail, but just meandering to whatever caught my eye, and in the course of that drove all over Maine– my one rule on that trip was no Interstates (tried to keep to 2-lanes)… It’s a beautiful state you have there. I’ve pondered trying to move up there, or maybe New Hampshire, but my family is all down here and it would be hard to leave them. My folks have been in N. Ga and N. Carolina since the 1740s so I’m looking for somewhere like this:

          • Jenkem Huffington

            I really like New Hampshire…. just the look of the country up there. Sadly real estate prices are sky high and it’s been pretty heavily polluted by the people who fled from their liberal utopia in Massachusetts. Funny, they destroy one state, then move away to get away from it, then the first thing they want to do is institute the same liberal policies that destroyed the place they just escaped from.

            Maine IMO isn’t as pretty, but as you get off the beaten path land can be had for 1000$ an acre or less, there’s plenty of water, and it’s an open-carry state. All in all, I’ll make do, and move farther north if the brown hoards ever migrate this far north (though typically they migrate south).

            I drove up the western side of GA and the Carolina’s last winter and there was some fantastic country there. I really liked the looks of West Virginia when I drove through there a few years back. If I could handle >80 degree days better I’d strongly consider living out that way myself. Honestly if they brought back Jim Crow laws I’d consider moving there anyway.

          • Brian

            Funny, they destroy one state, then move away to get away from it, then
            the first thing they want to do is institute the same liberal policies
            that destroyed the place they just escaped from.

            Sounds similar to some other group, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…

            if the brown hoards ever migrate this far north (though typically they migrate south

            Don’t I know it! We caught a lot of the Katrina refugees. Ahh, I love the smell of Vibrancy in the morning (and their gunfire at night).

            If I could handle >80 degree days better I’d strongly consider living out that way myself. Honestly if they brought back Jim Crow laws I’d consider moving there anyway.

            You get used to it. We never had A/C growing up, and I had to chop wood and bale hay upwards of 100 degrees on occasion. (Granddad used to grimly refer to that weather as ‘yankee repellant’– I felt sorry for the poor SOBs, on both sides, fighting in the CW Battle of Atlanta, in July, in wool uniforms, and then the stench of dead men and horse crap, and getting shot at)…But it does also get down to 15-20 degrees at least once a year…up in the mountains where I’m thinking of going, subtract probably 10-12 degrees all around.

      • Being loaned to a Japanese chemical company for the summer of 1994 didn’t stress me out. Japanese aren’t superstitious dog-eaters, and they were in fact considerably more pleasant and more productive than my H-1b Indian Curry-N***** co-workers back home.

        In science and engineering, one must develop the ability to prioritize what one allows to cause stress. Japanese didn’t even make my stress-O-meter’s needle twitch, while Indian H-1bs and my Brazilian boss had it pegged. That business trip was so pleasant, I regarded it as more of a vacation.

        • John Ulfsson

          I’m not sure how accurate of a proxy that is, since it’s a controlled, limited, professional environment. I’m sure if you had to live 100% of the time around all Japanese people it’d start grating on your nerves to be such a sore thumb.

          It’s sort of like how people extrapolate very incredibly limited somewhat-pleasant interactions with black people as evidence for multiculturalism working.

          • I was there the whole summer. I’m still a total disaster reading in Kanji, but OK at Romaji; I sound things out, and sometimes know what it means. A bunch of them from KJC came to visit me in Australia four years later. I gave them support for some process technology they had licensed from Symetrix through Matsushita, for free, and I faxed my bosses in Colorado Springs with the lab notes showing how I did it. I reckoned it was continuing support on an existing contract, for which I was still being paid.

            So long as I am being paid, I will always do my level best, and even when I’m not being paid, I still do that. One need not invoke religion for this.

  • Spartacus

    “But the negative feelings vanished in purpose-driven individuals.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Maybe the purpose they’re thinking of is getting rid of the “diverse” crowd, one way or another…

  • KingKenton

    In two experiments, college students reported their mood as they rode a train from Chicago’s North Side toward the city center for 14 consecutive stops, while Burrow’s team privately recorded naturally occurring changes to the overall ethnic and gender makeup of the car’s passengers during the trip.

    In other words, the “blacker” the trains gets, the more stressed the Whites from the north side get. Don’t need a PhD to figure that out. Still, I’m glad this study was done as it gives us foot soldiers ammunition to work with.

  • John Ulfsson

    Of course, “diversity” in a historical sense means your people are on the losing end. You’re being conquered, occupied, pillaged, and dying out. The conscious brain might be able to trick itself into thinking “diversity” is a good thing, but at the back of your mind, you know it’s hurting you in the long run.

    I think seeing black men with white women accomplishes the same thing, or the adverse in any race. It’s a basic, visceral reaction because in an ancestral sense, that meant you were being conquered.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Diversity sucks. Diversity is bad for your health.

    • sbuffalonative

      The study proves that diversity is stressful (another study that points out the obvious). The trick for these people is to find a way to diminish this stress. Likely, the solution to the diversity-stress link will be more diversity. Just the opposite of what this study would suggest.

    • Spartacus

      Diversity is our greatest strength . 2+2= 5

  • Truthseeker

    Everyone feels more trusting and at ease among those who are similar to them. It’s not hateful, it’s natural. Stop fighting it and let people be happy with their own kind.

    • ms_anthro

      Happy people don’t make very good slaves. They have this annoying tendency to respect themselves too much to be conquered. Much better to try and keep everyone demoralized and depressed, too hopeless to put up a fight.

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    If multicultural melting pots are so great, why does being in an ethnically diverse crowd cause distress?

    • Brian

      Obviously we need more re-education, preferably reinforced with drugs, starting in the womb if possible. Remember, ‘Diversity Is Our Strength’ and ‘Embrace the Vibrancy’.

  • sbuffalonative

    Being in the minority in an ethnically diverse crowd is distressing, regardless of your ethnicity, unless you have a sense of purpose in life, reports a Cornell developmental psychologist.

    In other words, if you can find ways to distract yourself from the reality around you, you can trick your mind into being blissfully ignorant of the reality around you.

    • Irishgirl

      Yes, that was my take on it too. I think other distractions such as reading classic literature, listening to Mozart, or reading AmRen articles on my iPhone would work just as well.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Diversity means all ethnicities and their culture are to be honored and celebrated—unless that ethnicity is White.

    Espouse White culture and you’re labeled a hater and racist….. I guess I represent that remark–gonna do anything about it?

  • JohnEngelman

    Being in the minority in an ethnically diverse crowd is distressing.

    – Ted Boscia, Medical Xpress, September 4, 2013

    Being surrounded by young black men is more than distressing.

    I imagine this is true for blacks, too.

  • bigone4u

    Lovin it. A university study that proves that racial integration and diversity kill, which stress will do to you. The Truth is my purpose, rather like the Amren motto. I hope I live a long time so I can see the day that Truth triumphs over the lies we are fed daily.

  • cecilhenry

    Ass backwards propaganda from the liberal press as usual.

    They at least unwittingly are admitting one thing– that diversity is undesirable and stressful and lowers the quality of life for many people.

  • Funruffian

    White people will naturally feel out of place and uncomfortable if they are one of the only few Whites in an ethnically diverse environment. Their feelings of mutual trust, comradery and purpose will be diminished, because they feel very little in common with other groups. Sure, they can try to overcome racial and ethnic barriers by being friendly and complacent. But this is just a superficial attempt which they have been taught. It doesn’t come naturally and they will eventually feel depressed and withdrawn.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    That’s how I’d describe it – alienation, which is obviously preferable to fear. But I live in LA, and for personal reasons I won’t be leaving. I’ve lived in Southern California since 1976. Alienation, to be blunt, is the least of my problems. Just feeling alienated is a good day. I feel just as alienated from the libtard Whites who live here, so it’s really so routine that I don’t even notice it anymore.

  • BellaCosa

    So apparently the researchers are just presuming that the students who only wrote responses to the questions about movies didn’t have clear life purposes. What a triumph in the application of the scientific method.

  • David Ashton

    An Emma West defence? Remember her?

  • Brian

    You are not alone.

  • Brian

    It’s this trust/cohesion issue, and also the fact that the gov’t has taken over a lot of what used to be done by fraternal and religious orgs.

  • Brian

    In my experience the most dangerous aspiring rappers are those right on the verge of ‘turning their life around’…which is apparently most of them.

  • Bossman

    There could be some truth to this article. This is all very subtle. If you’re in a diverse crowd that you can’t relate to, it is very important to have a sense of purpose and mission as you go about your business.

  • MBlanc46

    So “purposeful” people happily tolerate, even seek out, diversity, while those who fear diversity are aimless misfits who only care about movies?

  • pcmustgo

    I experience this first hand here in NYC… you can walk 10 feet in be in a totally different ethnic environment. On the subway ride, there are white stops and black stops… so the train will suddenly get much blacker or much whiter as whites or black surge out or surge in.

    • pcmustgo

      I worked in an asian hood for many years, and it did stress me out and annoy me. I would notice how much happier I felt when I walked into the nearest white neighborhood and notice that it was like a sub-conscious feeling.

  • Sloppo

    I guess this means those two Islamic terrorist brothers in Boston were probably in a pretty good mood when they were purposefully setting up those bombs.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Being in a dieverse area must be why most of the time, I am in a bad, if not a very irascible mood. Hence the reason why I keep to myself and only associate with other whites when I wish to be alone.

    • Brian

      Yep. I get home and need some bourbon and Beethoven to wash the vibrancy away.

  • Alexandra1973

    My purpose is to raise my child to be a decent, productive citizen and Christian.