Summary #782

Study: Existential isolation linked to increased death thought accessibility
  • Existential isolation - not to be confused with loneliness - could weaken our ‘anxiety buffers’, potentially making us think more about death.
  • This isolation results from a lack of social validation -- in other words, feeling misunderstood by people around us.
  • While interesting, the study was only done on 1,545 psychology students in one school, so it doesn’t take cultural or age differences into account.
  • Nonetheless, it’s an interesting step towards understanding the darker side of our daily human experience.


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