Sense of Purpose Might Ease Diversity Anxiety

H. Roger Segelken, Medical Xpress, October 3, 2014

Envisioning an increasingly diverse America–the Census Bureau predicts ethnic minorities, combined, will constitute the majority of the U.S. population by 2050–causes anxiety for a lot of white people.

Except, that is, whites with a defined “purpose in life,” a Cornell-Carleton University psychology study has found.

“People with a greater sense of purpose are not as bothered by projections of increasing racial and ethnic diversity,” says Anthony L. Burrow, assistant professor of developmental psychology in Cornell’s College of Human Ecology.

With graduate students Rachel Sumner and Maclen Stanley ’14 and Patrick L. Hill, a psychologist at Ottawa’s Carleton University, Burrow published findings in the September 2014 online journal, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, titled “Purpose in Life as a Resource for Increasing Comfort with Ethnic Diversity.” The latest study builds on 2012 experiments by Burrow and Hill, showing that white passengers on Chicago Metro trains are more comfortable when outnumbered by persons of color if they have a sense of purpose.

The researchers recruited 205 white volunteers through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk survey tool. Sense of purpose was gauged by asking participants whether they agreed with statements like “Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them” and “I am an active person in carrying out the plans I have set for myself.” And by asking online volunteers, who were paid 50 cents apiece for taking the survey, to put their thoughts in writing.

“We also tried to determine whether whites prefer to live in ethnically homogeneous cities or ethnically diverse places,” Sumner says. “Not surprisingly, most whites said they’re more comfortable living amongst other white people.”

“Except when we asked, before hand, that they write briefly about their purpose in life,” Stanley notes. “After articulating sense of purpose, many white participants in the online experiment were significantly more likely to prefer the more diverse city.”


With the erosion of majority status, Burrow says, “there may be a tendency for individuals to perceive diversity as threatening. For some whites, increasing diversity could mean the demise of their social influence, their values and their place in the world. Even imagining a more ethnically heterogeneous future society increases whites’ fear of and anger toward ethnic minorities.”

The authors venture that a sense of purpose “may go beyond improving attitudes toward diversity and may even influence decisions and behaviors. . . . A sense of purpose may alleviate motivations for self-segregation that might otherwise prevail.”



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  • WR_the_realist

    What if your purpose is to save your race from demographic annihilation?

    • MekongDelta69

      Sorry – THE STATE will NOT allow that.

      You are dismissed.

      Go and never speak of such blasphemous things again…

    • Borachio

      But That Would Be Wrong.

      Democrats, Republicans, and every talking head on TV tells us so.

    • TruthBeTold

      The researchers didn’t think it through.

      Great come back.

  • AmericanCitizen

    The story should be titled “Whites with their heads in the sand embrace Diversity”.

    • propagandaoftruth

      My sense of purpose in the 6th or 7th level of Diversica is to nastily and craftily fling as many wrenches toward the infernal soul crushing machine as I can.

      I have made race realism an almost acceptable topic, acceptable depending on who’s there. Oh we shucks and we jives you know, we clowns about an dances a jig or slaps our knees and guffaw…

      But since we’re mostly White we get the job done.

      When my grandfather – of a generation old enough to be my great grandfather easily – worked as a supervisor at Fort Jackson during the second great white suicide war he did something that would today put him under the prison, and I suppose…I guess…rightly so…

      Some “big goldbrick” had been lazing about and giving the old Scotsman an attitude over a period of a day or two and pawpaw laid him out with a monkey wrench. Guy got back to work when he woke up.

      Yeah, I guess that was a little barbaric.

      I’m so glad pawpaw is dead. No aspersion intended.

  • In other words, fill white people’s heads with touchy feely psychobabble, and they won’t resist their own racial dispossession.

    • That’s they key! They want us to be blissfully ignorant or numb so that we don’t see what’s happening to us – kind of like the Frog in the Kettle story!

    • SentryattheGate

      But, wait! Harvard had 2 studies showing that the more diversity there is in a community, the more everyone hunkers down in their home; yielding less trust, less volunteering, less social events= less purpose, right?

      • adplatt126

        Don’t try to confuse our overlords and their sick agenda with all that self-contradiction, logic talk! They have an entire civilization to enrich and a whole race to abolish.

  • SolStans

    Maybe, then, it’s a good thing we’ve got a sizeable chunk of un- and underemployed young white guys (and gals).

    • Mary

      Yes, it’s harder to achieve that “sense of purpose” when you can’t even find a job.
      Maybe they should rethink that AA thing.

  • Mary

    Like any of these people are remotely concerned with Whites’ collective psychological well-being. The only concern stems from the fear that Whites will buck the system and “self-segregate”–horror of horrors.

    • John R

      Leftists are like Nazis: A few of the Jews who can make themselves useful to the Reich are allowed to live a little while longer. To the Left, “Whites” are the new Jews.

      • adplatt126

        You have it exactly backwards. Leftists are like communists and often Jews. You are the NAZI, up against a number of evil empires, America included. But if your point is that they want to eliminate white people, well let’s just say every action has an equal and opposite reaction…

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    This probably explains why our leaders want us in a state of perpetual war.

  • MekongDelta69

    Another in a never-ending series of useless (and biased of course) ‘studies‘[sic] undertaken by academic[sic] weenies who get large grants to churn out PC garbage.

  • DaveMed

    A finding that unquestionably disappears when adjusted for quality of “sense of purpose.”

    The majority of those in question probably have that odious “COEXIST” bumper sticker on their cars. Or, at least, the attendant naivete.

    • IstvanIN

      That bumper sticker really ticks me off.

      • Paleoconn

        You should check out Jim Goad’s version.

        • SentryattheGate

          The Redneck manifesto!

    • Jessica Lee

      A friend of mine has that tattooed on her foot.

      • Leon NJ

        Ugh. I just lost my foot fetish.

      • Diana Moon Glampers

        I have a hard time imagining myself being able to be friends with someone who would have that.

        Amusingly, the most leftist, hippy, diversity-loving girl I know (employee not friend) recently asked me what those bumper stickers say when we were behind a car with one. The symbols made it too hard to read, and she had never figured it out. I thought that beautifully illustrated the intellect of the average Obama voter.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          Like the lame-brains who scribble a Benz 3-point star and call it a “peace symbol”.

    • SentryattheGate

      People with that sentiment ought to have to go lecture Muslims on diversity and coexisting! Somehow, I don’t think get too far—especially without a head!

      • John R

        Yeah, and make them go over to the Middle East and talk to Muslims about gender equality and gay marriage. Should be interesting.

  • DaveMed

    By the way, the article has the option of rating it on the five-star scale. I gave it one. Maybe we can bring it embarrassingly low with a bit of team effort. 😀

  • We did have a purpose and it back fired, we wanted every one to have freedom liberty and equality ending slavery and end the high arch of corporate slavery. Now we found our selves being hated, being called racists, and we owe the world for the imperialism that the Americans fought against. We see the government over catering to such ideals through the schools rewriting history and ignoring even more. Now the only thing I find even more so sad, the only purpose I see left for the whites, is to give up apart of our country and start anew, with a very hard lesson learned.

    • LHathaway

      I agree completely with your statement. What do you mean, however, by to ‘end the high arch of corporate slavery’? Do you mean, perhaps, the ‘corporations’ that formed expeditions to settle this country? Or do you mean the corporations that mostly sprang up during the last Century as a replacement for the ‘robber barons’ as they sold out? Those entities that offer the safest work places for Americans (not to mention the highest wages) and who are less likely to engage in illegal polluting? Corporations owned by the general public, in some cases by the employees themselves? Corporations run by boards of directors who are elected and often times live in communities nearby? Corporations that can be controlled through taxes? Corporations who, in many cases, sell more overseas than they buy? Corporations that are, again, owned by the people, and not one person or one family who will benefit alone? Which corporations were you referring to that we’re all united to ending, to bring about these ‘high wages’ that will surely result if we ‘end this corporate welfare’?

      • adplatt126

        How about the corporations that bought the American government, have helped impose Political Correctness on the nation, feudalized the American economy, and reduced genuine democracy to an afterthought here in America? What about those corporations? Corporations like governments, can be used for good or bad. They are generally speaking, innately neutral. But that corporations in America are basically inseparable from the PC social Marxist regime and the government itself, and thus are the power structure, makes them in America, just bad, bad, bad. Yeah, those corporations. Now you could say legal and market incentives make their parasitic behavior essentially inevitable, and you might not be incorrect, but I don’t need to defend corporations as being generally good, because at the present, they’re most certainly not. But yeah, like any market entity, they serve society’s needs and demands and that’s fine. The problem today however, is all the other things they serve.

        • LHathaway

          Very nice post. Corporations are bad, just not for the reasons that are normally maintained. Corporations are anti-white and proud of it.

  • LHathaway

    “After articulating sense of purpose, many white participants in the online experiment were significantly more likely to prefer the more diverse city”.

    There you have it. Whites sense of purpose is to uplift non-whites (if not to destroy whites). As usual, the only recommended course of action is to redouble the effort at creating racism and sexism, oops, I mean, at ‘eliminating’ racism and sexism. Even if more attention to purpose were in order it is like recommending a size 2 bandaide for an open head wound, or a child’s finger to hold back a crumbling hydroelectric dam.

  • Just wait until their “greater sense of purpose” collides with the reality of ‘diversity’! You can be as uplifting and positive in mind as possible, but having a serious or deadly ‘diversity’ encounter can totally screw-up your life!

  • IstvanIN

    The only thing that would alleviate my distress over the conquering of my nation and the genocide of my people can not be mentioned here.

  • Narcissism explains these research results better than the libtard author’s theory.

    Look, I published my share of academic articles during my career. You have to if you want a raise or a promotion. I read my share too.

    I would not recommend this article for publication because there’s no inherent reason that having a purpose makes a person appreciate diversity.

    It’s just as likely or more likely that a libtard who loves diversity is going to say to researchers that they have a purpose in life. It’s part of the narcissistic snottiness of liberals to act superior to others.

    • connorhus

      Not to mention they more than likely have their purpose (ie dream job) because they flew the Die-versity Banner every chance they got. Hoed themselves to the system.

    • Diana Moon Glampers

      And what happened to correlation not being causation? I learned that in middle school, but all the uplift research ignores this most rudimentary principle.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Make NO mistake, many minorities have loudly proclaimed that they will take retribution, punishment and ‘payback’ against Whites—-for being White and merely EXISTING.

    There will be NO protection from this except to segregate in numbers to protect our own.

  • Caucasoid88

    I’d say Jared Taylor’s purpose is one of the purest, most vital purposes around.

  • DelmarJackson

    My purpose is working for less legal immigration and zero illegal immigration and being thankful every day people are waking up to the AINOs (Americans in name only) open border cheap labor globalists that live amongst us.

  • TruthBeTold

    “People with a greater sense of purpose are not as bothered by projections of increasing racial and ethnic diversity,”

    TRANSLATION: ‘If we can distract White people, they won’t have time to be concerned about their future’.

  • HJ11

    The error in the study begins with the defintions of purpose in life, but you have to read the original article down toward the end to see this.

    Personally, I have a very strong purpose in life, and my purpose in life is to advance Whiteness in all ways possible and to help deceived Whites understand that mixing with other kinds of humans is iherently bad for Whites and leads to our extinction as a White people.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Our purpose ought to be to play the game of ethnic hardball. We’ve left the field to the tribal warriors of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus, etc.

  • kjh64

    “Envisioning an increasingly diverse America–the Census Bureau predicts ethnic minorities, combined, will constitute the majority of the U.S. population by 2050–causes anxiety for a lot of white people.”

    Why shouldn’t it? A country populated by 3rd world people equals a third world country. If minorities were smart, they’d be concerned too.

    “Not surprisingly, most whites said they’re more comfortable living amongst other white people.”

    Yes, and most non-Whites prefer living around their own ethnic groups too. It’s human nature.

    “With the erosion of majority status, Burrow says, “there may be a tendency for individuals to perceive diversity as threatening.”

    They perceive diversity as threatening because it is. Would Mexicans want to be made a minority in their own country? Would the Japanese? Would the Nigerians”? No, of course not and any attempt to make these non-Whites a minority in their own country would be called ethnic cleansing.

  • Anglo

    This article sounds more like a Rev. Joel Osteen sermon to me.

  • MBlanc46

    I would read this as “people who live in fantasyland are not as concerned about the Third World invasion of their country”.

  • IstvanIN

    What is with the radical increase in words like “Amongst” and “whilst” lately? Could we at least speak American English for the remainder of what is left of the nation’s life time.

  • Lion’s Mane

    Oh great! This could easily lead to military-style government rule of civilian life. That way, the Federal government to assign a ‘purpose’ — a set of duties and commands — to every citizen, to keep each person totally in line with its agenda. I really think that Liberals would like this very much.

    • Fredrik_H

      We are definitely moving in that direction. Multiculturalism can only be sustained as long as there is an iron fist ready to slam down on any group upsetting the fragile ethnic balance & sensitivities.

  • Paleoconn

    I think the only Whites who embrace diversity are low-ability ones, since they like their competitive chances against minorities. Which isn’t to say all low-ability Whites embrace it. Many, many working class low-rent Whites are race realists and prefer to be around Whites, even liberals who hate them.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Whites aren’t the only group that experiences “diversity anxiety”. Every group of people on Earth feels anxious and upset when a place that used to be populated only by their people suddenly becomes very diverse. I’m sure blacks experience a lot of anxiety when their neighborhoods get colonized and ethnically cleansed by Hispanics. Amerindians probably feel it whenever they leave the reservations and notice just how much of what used to be their land is filled with whites, blacks, mestizos, Asians, etc.

    This is a normal, natural human reaction to impending feelings of demographic annihilation (and thus, genetic annihilation).

    • Fredrik_H

      When blacks neighborhoods get colonized it’s called gentrification and blacks and white liberals alike agree on that it is a “Bad Thing”.

  • Casper Flannigan

    Sounds like an outstanding sense of purpose.

  • Leon NJ

    Just keep the average white moron drunk with BBQ grilling and baseball and he won’t give two hoots if his daughter is the only blonde in the 3rd grade.

  • The White Wolf

    There is a sad ending to these white people with a ‘purpose’. They have their head buried in their social media status, their condo’s furniture and dating the gay boy across the street to notice the 7 ethnic ‘teens’ who block the metro one morning and stomp thier disconcerned little snooty heads to a pulp.

    But, hey. At least they can claim the moral high road with their white guilt and meek behavior. Maybe if they’re good little boys and girls, the blacks and Mexicans will let them stay on in this socialist-Marxist utopia as indentured servants and eternal arse kissers.

  • Fredrik_H

    Seems like just another one of those shaming articles where liberal media tries to connect not embracing multiculturalism with various negative traits in order to foster the citizens to think right.

    I’ve heard that story a hundred times before…

  • John R

    Dare I say it? Yes, for once I actually agree with one of these leftist articles!

    I know that most of you fellow posters will jump on me for saying that, but “hear” me out: That is the crux of the problems that we as White people have. We are busy going to school; working at our jobs; getting married; and raising our kids. We are generally very busy people who are too busy to get involved in what some would call, “the race thing.” Well, guess what? Our enemies-especially blacks-are never that busy. They seem to have all the time in the world to obsess over race.

    So, what happens? On an individual level, we are far more successful in our personal lives. But, in the long run, we are losing our country to people who are losers but don’t mind attacking us and hating us for our success.

    Observe for a moment the behavior of blacks. As you walk through any downtown, in a large city, going to or from your job, or from college, see how they observe White people and what we are doing and how we react and carry ourselves. They size us up. We must copy that behavior to an extent. We must step outside our own bubble and notice what is going on around us. Otherwise, while we pursue our personal success, we will wake up and find it is meaningless; there will be no country left in which it is worth to be a
    successful White person.

  • “The latest study builds on 2012 experiments by Burrow and Hill, showing
    that white passengers on Chicago Metro trains are more comfortable when
    outnumbered by persons of color if they have a sense of purpose.”

    I suspect that when a white person is outnumbered on a Chicago Metro train, their “sense of purpose” is to make it to the destination intact, with all their possessions intact – and without treading on anybodies toes or looking at somebody “funny”.

    That’s enough to keep the white brain occupied enough, and it probably helps to blot-out that you are the 1 in 50 and imagine that they are not really there, making you a little bit more relaxed…..albeit by mental force.

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    They really mean, people who are distracted from reality by career aims, hobbies, “passions” etc., don’t care because “they don’t have time to think about it.” It’s a variation of the old “bread and circuses,” strategy.