Do you want to know about your future? It turns out that the vast majority of people would prefer to remain ignorant about how their destiny will turn out - and they do not want to know in advance about either bad or good events.
Yes, most people would prefer not to know what will happen in the future, even if they are awaited by joyful events. This is reported by experts of the American Psychological Association. Psychologists from Spain and Germany decided to find out how the inhabitants of the two countries would react to the possibility of having the super-ability of an unmistakable prediction of the future.
To do this, researchers interviewed about two thousand people and received a surprising result. As it turned out, only 1% of respondents would like to have such a gift and learn in advance about everything that awaits them in the future.
About 10% of survey participants reported that such a superpower would be useful to them only in order to anticipate negative events. About 30% of respondents, on the contrary, would like to know information in advance about all the good things that can happen to them.
It is worth noting that 63% of people said that they would like to know the future only with respect to one event - the birth of a child and his sex. 57% would not want to know about the life after death, while almost 77% would not want someone to tell them the result of a football match before they would watch the match.
Then the scientists asked the survey participants to fill in questionnaires, which allowed to establish their attitude to risk. It turned out that those who prefer to remain in ignorance are more prone to risk and purchase of insurance.
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In addition, it turned out that the older a person is, the less he is interested in knowing in advance about the date of the death of his partner or the existence of an afterlife. It was also observed that religious people want to see the future more than others.
Scientists suggest that this attitude toward the future testifies to the desire of people to protect themselves from negative emotions and possible disappointment. Psychologists say that this phenomenon is expressed not only in reluctance to know about any events in the future, but also in fear of regular medical examinations and tests for cancer.
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