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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Honestly, honesty heals

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Because psychology professor Anita E. Kelly runs a project called The Science of Honesty, she and her team “recruited 72 adults” in order to study the effects of sincerity.

David DiSalvo of Forbes reports that Kelly then divided this pool of adults into “a Sincerity group and a control group.”  Whereas the control group was given virtually no instruction, the Sincerity group was given this specific one:  You must always mean what you say in situations where your statements are to be taken seriously… [but] you certainly can choose to not answer questions…

Over the course of the next five weeks, Kelly and her team carefully observed each group.  Participants were given “periodic polygraph tests and standard measures of health.”  At the study’s end, Kelly reported these “amazing” results:  The Sincerity group not only reported significantly “fewer sore throats, headaches, and nausea,” but also “fewer mental health complaints like feeling tense.”

Kelly was so impressed with these results that she herself tried upping the sincerity ratio.  She afterwards found that she needed far less sleep and had far fewer colds.



Copyright August 26, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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