Study Indicates that Cynicism Increases Risk of Dementia

A new study conducted in Finland indicates that cynical people are much more likely to develop dementia and other cognitive disorders later in life:

Believing that others are motivated by selfishness, or that they lie to get what they want, appears to radically increase the risk of cognitive decline in later life.


It could mean that grumpy old men and women should be screened more closely for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Cynicism has previously been linked to health problems such as heart disease, but this is the first time it has been associated with dementia.


“These results add to the evidence that people’s view on life and personality may have an impact on their health,” said Dr. Anna-Maija Tolppanen, the lead researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, whose study is published online in the journal Neurology.

I think it cannot be overemphasized that a person’s spiritual and mental outlook has profound biological effects. Materialists have long overlooked this connection, opting instead for a medicinal model that focuses entirely on the body alone with the assumption that medicating physical symptoms is adequate to produce good health. It’s not.

There is no real materialist explanation for why the body and the spirit are so intimately connected. The mind is not a computer. What it is used to do affects how it is organized. A computer contains data, but the data doesn’t necessarily impinge on the operating system. But with the mind, the data gets organized by the operating system and it also organizes the operating system. For instance, if you look at porn, it affects the way your mind is structured. If you constantly look for confirmation that people are bad, you will find that confirmation, because it will start to organize your mind in those terms. And a cynic’s mind is apparently on its way to dissolution. What you put in is synergistic with what you put out.

Positive thinking isn’t about lying to yourself, though. It’s about structuring and renewing your mind with good, lovely, true, honest things.

23 responses

    • He wasn’t arguing the right or wrong of it. He was arguing that holding to that belief (as well as revenge, perceived slights and wrong-doing) is conducive to disorders. It’s not a new concept at all. From The Andy Griffith Show: ” Ben’s not going to die…he’s just going to nasty away.”

      • No, it’s not new, the Bible speaks to this, all through it. However the manner in which this article presents it is not healthy. It’s asking us to, essentially, ignore the ugly realities, and live in a pretty “kum bah yah” illusion, for which the underlying purpose is almost certainly in line with the deceitful propaganda euphemistcally called “news”, for purposes of controlling the populace. Those who SEE the realities going on are an impediment to their agenda! And those who do are more likely to express cynicism about the regime/global situation. It doesn’t mean we’re holding “grudges” and other equally unhealthy practices, in terms of mental health. This, like everything else that is put out, is not about concern for our well-being, it’s about not having to deal with angry citizens aware of the evil afoot!

  1. What a SNEAKY and snarky way of declaring those cynical about the cureent regime and what’s going on in our world mentally ill (demented), so they have the excuse to round them up and execute them, just as Hitler did with the mentally ill!

  2. Hanging on to a thought day in and day out causes the mental illness, which is something the Government does over and over again..if we did not have people complaining about the corrupt and evils of the Government then everyone would be slaves to the government.. I think Christians are the only sane ones left…

    • Look what’s happening in the VA. That problem has been going on for decades. We’re already hearing horror stories. The power structure is lethal. If you’re staff in a hospital you’re threatened if you complain. You fear for your job if you blow the whistle. There’s widespread fraud and cooking the books. All of this was mentioned last night by a doctor who worked in a VA hospital.

      A lot of heads are going to roll and there WILL be hearings. The problems in the VA have been going on for decades.

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  4. In an insane world, sanity is considered insane. Anyone that isn’t “cynical” these day towards the govt I simply do not trust at all.

  5. This is woefully incorrect disinformation being disseminated to encourage us to believe Obama and Holder and Hillary and other notable liars. Is recognizing truth from lies cynicism, as the researches would define it? Nazi science coming on.

  6. By the way, I’m glad to see that such a healthy population of the “cynical” is represented here. I guess the untold story of this article is that those who don’t perceive the unwholesome motivations of some of their fellow men — are already demented.

  7. If cynicism leads to Alzheimer’s, then I would be a prime candidate. At 72 years of age, my brain is still sharp as a razor. The only problem I have encountered, is that my retrieval system (memory) is slower.

  8. I read somewhere that about 85% of all “new” studies are just BS propaganda used for manipulation and control. This isn’t a new phenomenon…’s propaganda just like “climate gate”.

  9. Call me cynical but I don’t believe every study that comes along. Coffee is good for you; coffee is bad for you. Bacon is bad for you, bacon is good for you. These studies are like the weather: wait long enough and they will change. Now, excuse me while I pour a cup of coffee to have with my bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich…

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