40% of People Deliberately Stay Ignorant For Selfish Behavior

2024-05-29 23:33:549
40% of People Deliberately Stay Ignorant For Selfish Behavior
  • October 22, 2023
  • 2:30 PM CDT
  • Amy Mays

Research by the American Psychological Association suggests that 40% of people choose ignorance when given an option.

The study mentions that humans consciously choose to remain ignorant and act selfishly when confronted with how their actions impact others.

40% of People Deliberately Stay Ignorant For Selfish Behavior

40% of people will choose ignorance while maintaining a positive self-image

Willful Ignorance

The phenomenon known as willful ignorance is where an individual deliberately chooses to remain ignorant to avoid rationalization. Participants of the study were given two options.

Choosing $5 suggests another peer will also get $5. But if the participant decides $6, the other person will only get $1.

Willful ignorance is where an individual deliberately chooses to remain ignorant to avoid rationalization.

The Conclusion

The research study concluded that around 40% of the participants chose not to learn the outcome of their actions.

“The findings are fascinating as they suggest a lot of the altruistic behaviors we observe are driven by a desire to behave as others expect us to,” co-author of the study, Shaul Shalvi, said.

The research was published in the journal Psychological Bulletin

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