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STUDY: ‘Woke’ People More Likely To Be Miserable, Suffer From Mental Health Problems

by Erica Carlin

A recent research conducted in Finland discovered that individuals who adhere to “woke” ideals of social justice tend to experience higher levels of anxiety, unhappiness, and depression.

The study, titled “Development and validation of a measurement tool for evaluating critical social justice attitudes,” was led by Oskari Lahtinen, a senior researcher at the INVEST Research Flagship Centre located at the University of Turku.

Its objective was to determine the frequency of the “woke” perspective and identify its proponents.

PsyPost, a publication that focuses on psychological developments, reported on its findings:

An intriguing aspect of the study was its exploration of the relationship between critical social justice and mental well-being. Lahtinen found a correlation between higher agreement with critical social justice attitudes and increased reports of anxiety and depression. Agreement with the statement “If white people have on average a higher income than black people, it is because of racism” exhibited the largest positive correlation with anxiety and depression, and the largest negative correlation with happiness.

However, these associations were more strongly correlated with participants’ political orientation than with critical social justice attitudes per se. Specifically, being on the political left was more predictive of lower mental well-being than high critical social justice scores alone. This suggests that the link between critical social justice attitudes and mental health is complex and may be mediated by broader political and ideological beliefs.

Meanwhile, Lahtinen elaborated on his methodology and the rationale behind conducting the research:

The arrival of a critical social justice (often called ‘woke’) discourse sparked much debate in Finnish media in the last couple of years.”

This debate was largely data-free and it could thus be considered a worthwhile question to study how prevalent these attitudes are. No reliable and valid instrument existed prior to the study to assess the extent and prevalence of these attitudes in different populations, so I set out to develop one.

The studies were quite robust with a sample size above 5,000 and good psychometric properties. However, the scale would need to be validated in North American samples in order to know how these attitudes manifest there. I encourage colleagues in the United States to study the prevalence of these attitudes in the country where they originate from.”

The research contributes to the increasing evidence that left-wing progressives tend to lead less happy lives.

A study conducted in 2021 by the University of Chicago revealed that only one out of six Democratic voters identified as “very happy,” compared to one in three Republicans who reported feeling similarly.

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1 comment

rose March 19, 2024 - 7:30 pm

well duh ,, like we dont know .

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