Now, scientists have taken it upon themselves to figure out whether this is true. Do verified haters tend to hate everything else they stumble upon? Yes, according to a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. People who tend to hate things they already know about are (surprise!) more disposed to hate things they have not yet come in contact with.
To test out this theory, a team of psychologists asked study participants how they felt about a number of mundane and unrelated subjects that included (but was not limited to) architecture, health care, crossword puzzles, taxidermy and Japan.
They wanted to figure out if people tended to like or dislike things in general. This was dubbed the individual’s dis-positional attitude or, more simply put, checked for whether they were a hater who pretty much hates on everything that comes across their path.
“If individuals differ in the general tendency to like versus dislike objects, an intriguing possibility is that attitudes toward independent objects may actually be related,” they write. “So someone’s attitude toward architecture may in fact tell us something about their attitude toward health care because both attitudes would be biased by a disposition to like or dislike stimuli.”
The researchers did run one group through the hater test, as I like to think of it, twice with a month in between trials, to ensure that it didn’t just represent some people having a bad day.
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