Summary #1346

Why and when suffering increases the perceived likelihood of fortuitous rewards

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  • In a series of 3 experiments, researchers found that people might think their suffering will be rewarded in the future.
  • When we’re faced with suffering that we don’t deserve, we (or others) sometimes think that it makes us more deserving of good things.
  • Unless there is no obvious cause to our suffering, then we tend to think that it’s bad luck.
  • Study authors say that this might lead to worse decisions, and people in need not receiving help (because of an “everything will be okay” mentality).

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