Published On: Mon, Sep 19th, 2016

Envy finds among one-third of the human population

Two competitive businesswomen cupping their plants in their hands

Two competitive businesswomen cupping their plants in their hands

An interesting research study has stated that envy is the most frequent basic personality feature determining human behavior which is found amid approximately one-third of the human populace.

The research study on human behavior has discovered that 90 percent of the human populace can be divided into four major fundamental personality traits — optimistic, pessimistic, trusting and envious.

To conduct the research study, the researchers from Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain analyzed the answers of 541 volunteers to hundreds of social dilemmas.

Contributors were divided into pairs and provided choices that either led to association or conflict with others.

Relied on the findings, the researchers developed a computer program to categorize people according to their behavior.

The leading part of people (30 percent) turned out to be “envious”. They did not mind what they got on condition that they were better than everyone else.

Whereas the optimists (20 percent) thought that they and their partner will make the best option for both of them, the pessimists (20 percent) chose choices which they saw as the lesser of two evils.

The trusting group (20 percent) was born teammates who for all time assisted and did not mind if they win or lose.

There is a fifth, indeterminate group, representing 10 percent, which the algorithm is incapable to categorize in relation to an obvious sort of behavior, the researchers added.

The researchers stated that this permits them to deduce the survival of a broad variety of subgroups made up of individuals who do not react in an indomitable way to any of the summarized models.

Yamir Moreno from the Universidad de Zaragoza stated that “The findings go in opposition to theories which states that humans act merely rationally for instance, and, consequently, they should be taken into contemplation in redesigning social and economic policies, as well as those involved in cooperation,”

“These types of studies are important because they improve existing theories on human behavior by giving them an experimental base,” Moreno stated in the research study which is cited in the journal Science Advances.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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