I came across an interesting study revealing the part of the Russian soul’s mystery: although looking ever-suffering, in fact Russians are tend to be less depressed than the Westerners. The study gives an explanation why.
Study co-author Igor Grossmann, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Michigan, said in a university news release, “our study suggests that Russians are actually less likely than Americans to be depressed.”
“Among Westerners, focusing on one’s negative feelings tends to impair well-being, but among Russians, that is not the case,” Grossman stated.
Grossman explained that Americans tend to dwell more on past experiences and negative feelings than Russians do. The Russian people are able to distant themselves much better from these emotions than Americans.
Grossmann and co-author Ethan Kross, a University of Michigan assistant professor of psychology, published their findings in the August issue of Psychological Science.
Grossmann and Kross reported on two studies, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health:
The first study focused on 168 Russian and American students who underwent testing to measure their degree of brooding and depressive symptoms. While the Russians were found to brood more, they also displayed fewer indicators of depression than their American counterparts.
The second study involved one hundred and sixty-eight students who were measured for distress after being asked to remember and discuss a recent negative memory involving themselves and another individual.
Grossmann and Kross concluded by stating that the Russians people experience less distress than the Americans after speaking about an experience or while discussing an event. They can immediately distance themselves which is a skill to less stress or blaming themselves for the situation.
Personally I can fully confirm that 🙂 I guess most of Russians too.