Less Distress from Bad Memories
Social observers often describe Russians to be dark and brooding, but a new report suggests that this is just a stereotype. Russians are actually less likely than Americans to be depressed. Study co-authors Igor Grossmann and Ethan Kross evaluated two studies that explored cultural influences on depressive tendencies. Russians may focus more on negative feelings than Americans, but spontaneously distance themselves from their emotions to a greater extent. Russians may experience less distress because they remove feelings of blame and other negative emotions. As a result, “Among Westerners, focusing on one’s negative feelings tends to impair well-being,” said Grossmann. The authors published their findings in the August issue of Psychological Science.