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One might think that people living in more violent neighborhoods see the world as less safe, or that those whose socioeconomic status improved see the world as getting better, or that chronic pain patients view the world as significantly less pleasurable.
But a new study from The Primals Project at Penn's Positive Psychology Center found that certain indicators of privilege—socioeconomic status, neighborhood safety, health, and gender—are much less associated with positive world views than both researchers and laypeople expect.
The paper, published in the Journal of Personality, finds that researchers predicted an association that was 10 times greater on average than what surveys showed.