Science confirms psychology students are lovely

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Science confirms psychology students are lovely

Post by reishi » Thu May 04, 2017 7:20 pm

Well, we did not really need evidence for that :D
I saw a research summary on BPS's digest today and thought it would be lovely to share with you. ... -students/
Psych students score substantially lower on “dark” traits than business and law students
There are lots of stereotypes about the kind of people in different professions. Lawyers and business people are often caricatured as ruthless and self-interested, especially when compared to the kind of folk who enter professions usually seen as caring, such as nursing or psychology. To test the truth of these stereotypes, a new study in Personality and Individual Differences surveyed the “Dark Triad” and “Big Five” traits of hundreds of Danish students enrolled to begin studying either psychology, politics, business/economics or law.

The rationale was that by testing students’ personalities after they’d chosen their subject, but before they’d begun their studies, or careers, the researchers would uncover evidence for whether people with certain kinds of personalities are drawn to particular professions, as opposed to, or as well as, those professions shaping their personalities.

Anna Vedel and her colleagues found that psychology students scored “substantially” lower on Dark Triad traits (psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism) than business and law students. Business/economics students scored the highest of all on the Dark Triad. Law and politics students’ scores were very similar to each other: lower than business but higher than psychology. In terms of the Big Five personality traits, psychology students scored “much higher” than the other student groups of Agreeableness and Openness and Neuroticism (replicating a study published last year). These subject differences remained even when comparing just male students, or just female.

“The choice of academic major and career is a complex decision involving many different factors, but the present study suggests that personality traits are at least part of this decision process,” the researchers said.

—The Dark Triad across academic majors

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Re: Science confirms psychology students are lovely

Post by Alex » Mon May 08, 2017 5:02 pm

haha or it suggests that psychology students are truly Machiavellian! Lying and deceiving on the questions knowing it would be good to look good for people trust them (for their own ends).

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