Colonel Sun wrote:PhysOrg - J Person and Soc Psych: Research shows what you say about others says a lot about youHow positively you see others is linked to how happy, kind-hearted and emotionally stable you are, according to new research by a Wake Forest University psychology professor.
"Your perceptions of others reveal so much about your own personality," says Dustin Wood, assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest and lead author of the study, about his findings. By asking study participants to each rate positive and negative characteristics of just three people, the researchers were able to find out important information about the rater's well-being, mental health, social attitudes and how they were judged by others.
The study also found that how positively you see other people shows how satisfied you are with your own life, and how much you are liked by others.In contrast, negative perceptions of others are linked to higher levels of narcissism and antisocial behavior. "A huge suite of negative personality traits are associated with viewing others negatively," Wood says. "The simple tendency to see people negatively indicates a greater likelihood of depression and various personality disorders." Given that negative perceptions of others may underlie several personality disorders, finding techniques to get people to see others more positively could promote the cessation of behavior patterns associated with several different personality disorders simultaneously, Wood says.
Michelle Obama: America is ‘Just Downright Mean’
By Noel Sheppard
Created 03/05/2008 - 11:29
As NewsBusters previously reported , the wife of Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama isn't very proud of her country.
Two weeks after making her disdain for the nation clear during a campaign speech for her husband in Wisconsin, Michelle further debased America by saying that we're a country that is "just downright mean."
Given how media made excuses for her comments in Wisconsin, it will be quite interesting to see just how much of her interview  in the March 10th edition of The New Yorker will be reported in the next 24 hours (emphasis added throughout, h/t JWF ):
Obama begins with a broad assessment of life in America in 2008, and life is not good: we're a divided country, we're a country that is "just downright mean," we are "guided by fear," we're a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents. "We have become a nation of struggling folks who are barely making it every day," she said, as heads bobbed in the pews. "Folks are just jammed up, and it's gotten worse over my lifetime. And, doggone it, I'm young. Forty-four!"
Oh, woe is her! Just listen to how deluded this person is:
"You're looking at a young couple that's just a few years out of debt," Obama said. "See, because, we went to those good schools, and we didn't have trust funds. I'm still waiting for Barack's trust fund. Especially after I heard that Dick Cheney was s'posed to be a relative or something. Give us something here!"
Give us something here?
Can you believe this nonsense? You want to know how much this couple has been given lately?
The Obamas' financial standing has risen sharply in the past three years, largely as a result of the money Barack earned from writing "The Audacity of Hope." In 2005, their income was $1.67 million, which was more than they had earned in the previous seven years combined.
Just after Barack was elected to the United States Senate, Michelle received a large pay increase-from $121,910 in 2004 to $316,962 in 2005.
Still want someone to give you something, Michelle?
But that's just the beginning of an hypocrisy an honest media would be all over if her husband was a Republican:
"The life that I'm talking about that most people are living has gotten progressively worse since I was a little girl. . . . So if you want to pretend like there was some point over the last couple of decades when your lives were easy, I want to meet you!"
Really, Michelle? Life has gotten worse for you since you were a little girl? Not according to The New Yorker:
Money was scarce but sufficient. Fraser [her father] took pride in providing for his family. "If the TV broke and we didn't have any money to have it fixed, we could go out and buy another one on a charge card, as long as we paid the bills on time," Marian [her mother] told me. Saturday nights were spent at home playing Chinese checkers, Monopoly, or a game called Hands Down (like spoons, with bluffing). It was a simple time. "I probably had two sleepovers my entire life," Craig [her brother] said. "We were home folks." Many years, the family drove to Dukes Happy Holiday Resort, in Michigan, for a week's vacation.
Compare this to her life today:
The Obamas employ a full-time housekeeper, and Michelle tries to see a personal trainer four times a week.
Woe is you, Michelle.
*****Update: To give readers an idea of the delusion involved in this woman's declarations concerning how things were better when she was a little girl, let's understand that in the year she was born (1964), 19 percent of the population lived in poverty . In 2006, that percentage is 12.3.
You were saying, Michelle?
Of course, it would be nice if media called her out on this nonsense, wouldn't it?
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-shepp ... right-mean
 http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008 ... rentPage=1
 http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2 ... right.html
 http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/ ... tpov2.html