Study Suggests Woke Individuals More Likely to Experience Mental Health Issues

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A recent study conducted by psychological researchers in Finland has shed light on the correlation between progressive ideals and levels of happiness, suggesting that individuals who identify with principles of social justice, often referred to as ‘woke individuals’, may be more prone to unhappiness, anxiety, and depression.

The findings, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, have raised questions about the impact of societal attitudes on mental well-being. Lead researcher Oskari Lahtinen, a senior researcher at the INVEST Research Flagship Centre at the University of Turku, highlighted the need to explore the prevalence of these attitudes within different populations.

The study, which involved the development of a Critical Social Justice Attitude Scale, surveyed over 5,000 participants across Finland. It identified seven key beliefs associated with ‘woke’ individuals, including perspectives on racism, representation in education, and challenges to microaggressions.

Woke Individuals And Decreased Mental Health

Surprisingly, the research revealed a negative correlation between adherence to ‘woke’ ideologies and mental well-being. Participants who agreed with statements such as “If white people have on average a higher level of income than black people, it is because of racism” were more likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Of particular note was the gender disparity in attitudes towards ‘woke’ ideas, with three out of five women expressing positive views compared to one out of seven men. Women in fields such as social sciences and education were more likely to support social justice efforts, while those in STEM fields showed greater skepticism.

However, the study’s authors cautioned against generalizing the findings to other countries without further research. Lahtinen emphasized the need for validation of the scale in diverse cultural contexts, urging colleagues in other nations to explore the prevalence of ‘woke’ attitudes within their own populations.

The study underscores the complex relationship between social consciousness and mental health, prompting broader discussions about the psychological impact of societal beliefs and values.


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