This Authentic Personality Trait Reduces Depression

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The trait is linked to feeling
pure and in touch with yourself.
Believing in free will makes
you feel more authentic and pure, research finds.
Free will is the belief that
we have the power to make our own choices and we are not ruled by fate.
Feeling closer to your true
self has a number of benefits, including lower depression and anxiety.
A sense of free also helps
boost people’s self-esteem and increases their sense of meaning in life.
Elizabeth Seto, the study’s first author, said:
“Whether you agree that we
have free will or that we are overpowered by social influence or other forms of
determinism, the belief in free will has truly important consequences.”
For the study, almost 300
people were split into two groups.
One group wrote about
experiences that reflected free will, while the other wrote about experiences
that lacked it.
The results showed that a lack
of free will was linked to less self-awareness and even self-alienation.
People who wrote about free
will, though, felt more in touch with themselves.
Seto said:
“Our findings suggest that
part of being who you are is experiencing a sense of agency and feeling like
you are in control over the actions and outcomes in your life. If people are
able to experience these feelings, they can become closer to their true or core
In a subsequence study, people
whose sense of free will was boosted, reported feeling more authentic about
making a donation to charity.
Seto said:
“When we experience or have
low belief in free will and feel ‘out of touch’ with who we are, we may behave
without a sense of morality. This is particularly important if we have a goal
to improve the quality of life for individuals and the society at large.”
The study was published in the
journal Social Psychological and Personality Science (Seto & Hicks, 2016).


Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.