People who find wisdom in inspirational quotes have lower intelligence

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Most people know someone who persistently posts profound-sounding but ultimately meaningless statements or quotes on their page and Twitter feed.

Now there is finally some vindication for those of us who fail to see the wisdom hidden within these collections of New-Age buzzwords.

A new study has found that people who are more receptive to these so-called inspirational statements tend to also have lower levels of intelligence.

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Psychologists have found that people who use New-Age inspirational statements – known as psuedo-profound bulls**t – tend to have lower cognitive scores. They used quotes taken from the Twitter feed (similar to the one above) of spiritual guru Deepak Chopra in the study 

They are also more prone to believing in the paranormal, hold religious beliefs and are taken in by conspiracy theories.

In a study titled ‘On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bulls***t’, psychologists examined whether some people are more receptive to these statements than others.

During four experiments involving 845 volunteers, the researchers asked the participants to evaluate a series of statements to indicate how profound they thought they were or if they agreed with them.

They used phrases such as ‘attention and intention are the mechanics of Manifestation’ and ‘imagination is inside exponential space time events’.

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In many of the tests, quotes were posted on Twitter by author and New Age guru Deepak Chopra.

He is well known for ремонт домашней техники quotes such as ‘nature is a self-regulating ecosystem of awareness’ and ‘in the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you’.

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PROFOUND OR NOT? 

These are just some of the statements used in the study by the researchers:

  • Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract beauty 
  • Imagination is inside exponential space time events 
  • A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but its persistence 
  • An anxious person is a prisoner to their anxiety
  • A wet person does not fear the rain 
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