Nicer People Are More Prone to This Mental Health Disorder
From when I was little my parents have raised me to do good in life and be positive, but as this post will prove to you sometimes it’s not that good to be positive.
There are tons of ways for us to develop into a nicer person, and many of us actually think that by being a better person you are going to get something even better in return. But, a study that revolves around bad and good people shows us something else.
The Nature Human Behavior journal posted a study that shows us how nice people have proven to be more prone to depression than the people we call bad – egoistical and selfish people.
The experiment was done by a team of amazing researchers who were determined to link nice people (people who oftentimes sacrifice themselves, love equity etc.) with long term clinical depression. So the team started evaluating and testing 350 people for their personality in order to find out if they are individualists or pro-social people. After these tests, they found out the chances and desire of those people to give their money to someone that needs them more. And by using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) they managed to see which parts of the brain triggered for the people that were doing good and which ones were triggering for the individualists.
And, as you would expect, the brain images were 2 totally different results for the two groups of people. Namely, the results came out like this. For the nice people, when they saw inequity of any kind, part of their brain named amygdala. This part of the brain is linked to automatic feelings such as stress, sadness etc. And for the individualists, the amygdala triggered only when they noticed that someone is making more money than them. The researchers also noticed another part of the brain triggering and that was the hippocampus, this is another primitive part of the brain that shows automatic stress signals.
After the experiments, the test subjects were given a basic depression questionnaire known as the Beck Depression Inventory in order to notice if the patterns that they got had any links with depression. And, what they found out is amazing. The nice, pro-social people, were more likely to develop medical depression. There was another research a year later, and the results from that research were practically the same as the one before.
The researchers say that people who are nicer have higher risks of developing depression simply because of the empathy, stress, and guilt they feel when they see someone suffering. This feeling is connected to some of the most primitive and automatic areas of the brain which are really easy depression triggers.
But with all this research, a good thing was found. According to Dr. Mauricio Delgado, a well-known neuroscientist on the Rutgers University despite the sensitive amygdala if the nice people, there are a couple of things that they can use to decrease the chances of developing depression.
With constant training of the pre-frontal cortex, using talk therapy, the nice people can find out how they can control their emotions driven by the amygdala stress. And the less they feel that stress, the risks of developing depression decrease.