And the World's Least Emotional Country Is...

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    Dec 02, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    http://www.newser.com/story/158534/and-the-worlds-least-emotional-country-is.html

    When it comes to "emotionless societies," Singapore takes the cake. This according to Gallup, which has polled residents in 150 countries since 2009 in a quest to gauge how emotional each country is. It went about doing so by asking a series of yes-and-no questions designed to suss out whether a person had experienced positive or negative emotions (sample: "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?"). More "yes" answers translated into a more emotional country. In the case of Singapore, only 36% reported feeling emotions of any kind. The world leader in feeling emotions? The Philippines, which had a 60% emotional rating.

    The Washington Post analyzed the data by creating a color-coded map of the results, with Max Fisher calling the results "as fascinating as they are indecipherable." Among his conclusions:
    - Post-Soviet countries are far from emotional: Aside from Singapore, Madagascar, and Nepal, the top 10 least emotional countries was comprised of ex-Soviet Union countries.
    - On the flipside, the Americas dominate: The only countries in the top 15 most emotional countries not from North or South America are the Philippines, Oman, and Bahrain.
    - There are odd anomalies: Haiti is far more emotionless than its neighbors; the reverse is true for Angola.
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    Dec 02, 2012 7:11 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidhttp://www.newser.com/story/158534/and-the-worlds-least-emotional-country-is.html

    When it comes to "emotionless societies," Singapore takes the cake. This according to Gallup, which has polled residents in 150 countries since 2009 in a quest to gauge how emotional each country is. It went about doing so by asking a series of yes-and-no questions designed to suss out whether a person had experienced positive or negative emotions (sample: "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?"). More "yes" answers translated into a more emotional country. In the case of Singapore, only 36% reported feeling emotions of any kind. The world leader in feeling emotions? The Philippines, which had a 60% emotional rating.

    The Washington Post analyzed the data by creating a color-coded map of the results, with Max Fisher calling the results "as fascinating as they are indecipherable." Among his conclusions:
    - Post-Soviet countries are far from emotional: Aside from Singapore, Madagascar, and Nepal, the top 10 least emotional countries was comprised of ex-Soviet Union countries.
    - On the flipside, the Americas dominate: The only countries in the top 15 most emotional countries not from North or South America are the Philippines, Oman, and Bahrain.
    - There are odd anomalies: Haiti is far more emotionless than its neighbors; the reverse is true for Angola.


    Seems biased and not enough samples.
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    Dec 02, 2012 7:36 AM GMT
    I would highly disagree about people from the former USSR being unemotional. They just don't wear their emotions on their sleeve to people they don't know. Their emotions are truly sincere, if not sometimes overwhelming, once they become comfortable around you. However, I have to say their open emotions have become more Westernized since the end of the Soviet Union. They're aware most of the world thinks they're gloomy people and have been trying to change that.

    When I was in Russia, it never really bothered me that people weren't too outgoing in public, especially service people. In fact, it was refreshing not having to deal with BS small talk when you just want to get in and out of somewhere. But they definitely will help you if you ask for it. Meanwhile, I found young Russians (basically everyone who grew up as the post-Soviet generation) to be practically the same as other young Western people.

    That's just Russia, though. There are 14 other former Soviet republics, many of which are totally different from Russia. Maybe some of the other republics are emotionally empty considering some have really had it bad since the breakup of the USSR.
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    Dec 02, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    Is emotion even permitted in Singapore? Nothing else seems to be.
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    Dec 02, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Another ridiculous poll . Could anyone in their right mind have actually paid real money to Gallup to make such a poll? Somehow I think that North Korea, not mentioned, should have been at least mentioned in a list of least emotional countries, since expression is essentially prohibited.
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    Dec 02, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidAnother ridiculous poll . Could anyone in their right mind have actually paid real money to Gallup to make such a poll? Somehow I think that North Korea, not mentioned, should have been at least mentioned in a list of least emotional countries, since expression is essentially prohibited.


    I thought about North Korea too icon_confused.gif
  • Kel_

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    Dec 02, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Surprised to see the Philippines in there, seeing as it's where I came from.
    I always thought we were known for our hospitality, but it would make sense, I guess.

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    Dec 02, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    Right about the hospitality. I was born in the Philippines too. It's the strength of most Filipinos. Friendliness, not giving up and stay strong no matter how hard the life and we don't lose our smile even in bad times.
    North Korea belong to this list no doubt. They don't do a study there, because people aren't allowed to have opinions.
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    Dec 02, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    If you look at the Dataset for the study you'd see the many shortcomings. Not that it could be improved upon overnight, but there's too much bias in administering a psychosocial survey of such large proportion in varying populations, modes of communication, and language differences. It's amazing what people will believe today.
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    Dec 02, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    DoNotTumble said
    North Korea belong to this list no doubt. They don't do a study there, because people aren't allowed to have opinions.


    Well now that I think about it, a huge number of people there used to have a strong emotional attachment to Kim Jong-Il when he was alive and I'm not sure what their bond is with his son, but I'm sure they're loyal to him as well.
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:06 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidIs emotion even permitted in Singapore? Nothing else seems to be.


    Ooh don't knock Singapore in earshot of Riddles .. It's his paradise found.. A place so shamelessly about money and the market that the state exercises excessive controls over its nationals...

    A model of the third world with its totalitarian regime and imprisonment of social deviants like gays..
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    Dec 08, 2012 11:20 AM GMT
    God my unemotional Singaporean mates would be SO pissed off...
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    Dec 08, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidAnother ridiculous poll . Could anyone in their right mind have actually paid real money to Gallup to make such a poll? Somehow I think that North Korea, not mentioned, should have been at least mentioned in a list of least emotional countries, since expression is essentially prohibited.
    Good, valid point.
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    Dec 08, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    I thought it was Chinaicon_confused.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 08, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    It sure isn't the US. We are stressed out, hyper fuckers unfortunately.
  • TonyD

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    Dec 08, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Very difficult to make a poll on emotions...
    Better to have a poll of:
    Various ways emotions are displayed or not displayed and the inhabitants thoughts on their emotions

    Better questions other than 'Do you feel emotions?'
    need to be used.
    Emotions are so elusive and the questions need to be psychologically stated.. Subtlety is needed
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    Dec 08, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
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    Dec 08, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    smiling, laughing out loud, and feeling comfortable is the essence of life its embedded to Filipino culture haays but the bad thing is mostly they just laugh with there problems and forgive and forget they lack of solutions which Singaporeans are known for hays so in the big picture this research was just trying to persuade us that were living in a balance world which the rich country are unhappy while the poorer country are happy so its justify YIN YANG way of life.icon_evil.gif