Cynical over 65s more likely to develop dementia
If you’ve reached the age that you can call yourself a senior citizen, the likelihood of your developing dementia is greater, the more negative your thoughts about other people are. Finnish neurologists came to this conclusion after following nearly seven hundred people over the age of 65 for eight years.
The researchers measured the participants’ cynical distrust using the Cynical Distrust Scale, which is part of the Cook-Medley Hostility Scale.
The Cynical Distrust Scale consists of eight statements with which you can “completely disagree” [0 points], “somewhat disagree” [1 point], “somewhat agree” [2 points] or “completely agree” [3 points].
How cynical are you?
So the minimum score you can get on the Cynical Distrust Scale is 0, the maximum is 23. If you want to work out how cynical you are, here are the statements.
1. I think most people would lie to get ahead.
2. Most people are honest chiefly through fear of being caught.
3. Most people will use somewhat unfair reasons to gain profit or an advantage rather than lose it.
4. I commonly wonder what hidden reasons another person may have for doing something nice to me.
5. No one cares much what happens to you.
6. It is safer to trust nobody.
7. Most people make friends because friends are likely to be useful to them.
8. Most people inwardly dislike putting themselves out to help other people.
Cynicism had little influence on the mortality risk, but increased dementia risk.
“Confirming the association between cynical distrust and incident dementia necessitates replication studies in larger populations with longer follow-up times”, the researchers write.
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