One question can indirectly reveal who someone is and their personality.
Asking someone what they think about other people can reveal volumes of information about their personality and even predict future mental health patterns. In Titus 1:15 it states:
"To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted."
Reading this scripture indicates to us that people often form opinions based upon a buildup of one's own psychology. This scripture also tells us that a negative mindset about people can, and will lead to a "corrupted" mind and body.
Dr. Dustin Wood has discovered the biblical principle of Titus 1:15 through a series of experiments to be true. By asking individuals what they thought of others, Dr. Wood was able to accurately ascertain key personality traits.
The reason why we can so quickly learn about a person with this simple question is that people tend to see more of their own personality traits in others. The generous person sees others as generous and the selfish person sees others as selfish.
Dr. Dustin Wood study showed that a large number of negative personality traits were deeply associated with viewing others negatively. In his study, the Dr. Wood demonstrated that mental tendencies to see others negatively indicated a greater likelihood of depression and various other personality disorders.
In three groups studies, people were asked to disclose their opinion about the positive and negative characteristics of three strangers.
Positive opinions of others was a clear and concise indicator of the subject's future, happiness, enthusiasm, and emotional stability. Later on, these people also turned out to be more satisfied with their own lives.
Conversely, subjects who had more negative opinions of others more likely to have higher levels of narcissism and antisocial behavior.
When researchers returned to the same people a year later they found the results to be the same. This suggests that unless there is a psychological modification people’s opinions of others remains stable over time.
Personality disorders are often associated how people view others. However, although narcissism may steer a person to perceive others as being uninteresting or worthless, this may not reflect how they truly see themselves.
Similarly, mental patterns typical of paranoia that lead a person to believe that others are malevolent or untrustworthy, may not be a true reflection of how see themselves.
Generally, these are all issues that extend to how a person perceives a lack of sincerity, integrity, or selflessness in others. While narcissism is thought to be prompted in part by a belief that other people are inferior, uninteresting, and unworthy of attention.
Titus 1:15 clearly defines the psychological principle Dr. Wood discovered. If you want to know who a person is just ask what they think of others. Their answer will reveal volumes of information. More importantly, can you benefit from this finding?
Next time you're with people, observe how your mind works. Watch the thought patterns of your mind. Can you improve?
The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and can be reviewed at the American Psychological Association (Wood et al., 2010).
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