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Grumpiness a sign of advanced civilization ?

Posted on Sunday, 31 January, 2010 | Comment icon 39 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Researchers believe that people who are short tempered may be higher up the evolutionary ladder than those who are easy going.

In what seems contradictory to traits one might consider more beneficial to society the research has suggested that those with a tendancy to be intolerant and grumpy could be more developed than those who are easy going.

"Researchers now believe that being aggressive, intolerant and short-tempered could be a sign of a more advanced nature."

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Comment icon #30 Posted by Mandrake on 8 February, 2010, 20:10
Victoria Wobber? We are evolving into Homo Horribilus
Comment icon #31 Posted by Pinx on 8 February, 2010, 20:31
I don't know who Alan Sugar is, but Gordon Ramsay is not so much rude as he is brutally honest. He doesn't mess around with coddling people, telling them what they want to hear about their crappy restaurants. He directly tells them what they need to hear in order to improve it, no matter how harsh. They called him, after all. I personally like his style, as I'm the type of person who'd rather hear the god awful truth than a beautiful lie. I think there's a difference between aggression and just not putting up with BS. Yeah, sharing with people is fine for society and al... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Orcseeker on 9 March, 2010, 5:06
Exactly what I think as well, couldn't have put it better.
Comment icon #33 Posted by chaoszerg on 9 March, 2010, 9:12
Wow I can brag my partner is advanced, though if she found out why I don't think I would survive.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Paracelse on 19 March, 2010, 6:30
I must have some "bonobo" left over in me. Reading the article made me then reading the comments made me
Comment icon #35 Posted by Sthenno on 19 March, 2010, 7:00
That's so ridiculous! Surely it's obvious that the way for humans to survive in this world is through living and working together, not being grumpy and isolated? How can you compare the behaviour of chimps in the wild where they are in competition for food and, well, busy being wild animals to human beings. They have evolved physically and mentally to meet the physical challenges of finding food, but what purpose would a move towards 'grumpiness' serve for human beings? in our current habitat, grumpy is certainly not an advantage - you'll be less likely to get jobs and ... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Node on 16 June, 2010, 3:02
i'm always aggravated when working with people. Guess cause i grew up as a kid with military parents, i was taught to be respectful, polite, and work hard . But when i'm the only one busting my ass all the time while some dumb **** wants to goof off and **** up. Then yes, i'm going to be grumpy all the time cause i'm surrounded by slackers who couldn't save their own ass if they wanted too! Face it! It sucks to be a hard worker while everyone else just ****s off! Funny thing is "i'm not surprised!". I know there are some people who know what i&... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by Ignatius on 23 July, 2010, 3:40
I don't accept this theory either, for reasons that have already been detailed, amongst others. However, on a strictly personal basis, I have noted that being aggressive can be used to advantage with certain types of people, in certain social settings. That's simply the use of intimidation, though, or assertiveness at least. Unfortunately, it will often get you noticed, whereas being too timid and nice often leads to being ignored or abused. I have recently lost a job because of the actions of an overbearing, intolerant ignoramus who happened to be my "stupidvisor", but I hav... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Ignatius on 23 July, 2010, 4:17
Just wanted to add for "Node'"-I completely understand how you feel. Sickening, Isn't it? We're taught to believe hard work is appreciated and rewarded, but it seems the opposite is true in many, if not most cases. I worked for a farce of a company for six years that resented all their best workers, and gave promotions and higher wages to the laziest, most incompetent shmucks you could conceive of. It proved to me that if you work hard, they'll just expect you to do more to allow more conversation time with their chosen pets. Then they wonder why people who do earn th... [More]

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