Negative Judgements Reveal Lower Life Satisfaction
The negative people in your life, the haters, those that always assume the worst of others…
Should we feel sorry for them?
That may seem like a weird question but considering how our judgements reflect our own personalities, it may be one worth asking.
In fact, personal judgements about others may be one of the quickest ways to assess personality according to this study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
And such assessments are extremely easy to make because judgements often work like a mirror.
Judging the Judger Based on Their Judgement
The executive who thinks every action toward them is a “power play” is likely obsessed with the idea and ‘game’ of power – a game he or she only imagines is an interactive one.
The young girl at the coffee shop criticizing everyone’s appearance is undoubtedly consumed with her own looks – believing everyone else is equally as scrutinizing (see the Spotlight Effect).
And finally, the most ‘meta’ example of them all – those who constantly label others as judgemental are bound to be the fakest, most judgemental people you’ll ever encounter [click to tweet].
But not only are these people more negative on the whole…
They’ve proven to have lower levels of life satisfaction when compared to people that judge others more favorably.
And the bad news doesn’t stop there.
Negative judgers score higher on levels of narcissism and antisocial behavior – and these measures remain stable throughout the years.
So what are we to do with this knowledge? Should we steer clear of judgemental people all together?
Or, perhaps we should wait for a few more red flags before we rush to paint them in a negative light.
Who knows – withholding our judgement might speak volumes…
Emry, J. (2017). Negative Judgements Reveal Lower Life Satisfaction. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/psychology-personality/2017/01/12/negative-judgements-reveal-lower-life-satisfaction-james-emry/