Does Feeling Sad Mean Being Wiser?

Researchers have found a link, though it may be a small one, between being sad and one’s ability to judge reality. Yes, it’s true: people who experience sadness and depression are a bit more likely to see the world the way it is, rather than through rose-colored glasses. This condition, known as “depressive realism” may be present in some people who experience sadness, but studies have shown that it doesn’t necessarily make them smarter or wiser. For example, when people are sad and simultaneously focused on themselves, they can make impulsive, unwise decisions. In the end, realism can seem to evade us just when we need it: when we’re sad.

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