December 1, 2019
The findings of this study provide a new perspective on the whole destruction of the family thing.
From Seoul to Seattle, what matters most to people at the end of the day is their family and loved ones. That’s the uplifting finding of a new, extensive international study encompassing over 7,000 people from 27 different countries.
The study, led by a team of social and evolutionary psychologists at Arizona State University, is especially interesting because family- and kin-based motivations are a topic that has been largely ignored by evolutionary psychologists for the past few decades. Instead, researchers have focused on how mate attraction and selection drives people’s behaviors.
“People consistently rated kin care and mate retention as the most important motivations in their lives, and we found this over and over, in all 27 countries that participated,” comments first author Ahra Ko, an ASU psychology graduate student, in a media release. “The findings replicated in regions with collectivistic cultures, such as Korea and China, and in regions with individualistic cultures like Europe and the U.S.”
If family and loved ones are what matters most to people, anything that harms marriage, fatherhood and motherhood also harms the most important thing.
We live in an environment that disrespects and tries to destroy what people value the most.
For the better part of 40 years, evolutionary psychology has emphasized how sexual behaviors, mate selection, and the search for new romantic partners drives people to act in certain ways. On a purely scientific level, this makes sense, sex and reproduction is ingrained in our DNA and undoubtedly influences behavior patterns. However, participants from all over the world in this study consistently rated this motivation, termed mate selection, as one of the least important factors influencing their motivations and behavior in life.
Instead, kin care (taking care of family) and mate retention (maintaining a meaningful relationship with a significant other) were rated as much more important motivators for people all over the world. This held true even among younger people and those not currently in committed relationships, two demographics that researchers assumed would prioritize sex and mate attraction.
“The focus on mate seeking in evolutionary psychology is understandable, given the importance of reproduction. Another reason for the overemphasis on initial attraction is that college students have historically been the majority of participants,” explains second author Cari Pick, an ASU psychology graduate student. “College students do appear to be relatively more interested in finding sexual and romantic partners than other groups of people.”
The result of reproduction is family and loved ones, so it’s only natural for family and loved ones to be prioritized above sex and mate attraction.
Now, that doesn’t mean people without a partner aren’t prioritizing attraction. Predictably, across all 27 countries singles tended to prioritize finding a new love interest more than those already in a relationship. Also, men put more of an emphasis on mate-seeking than women. Ultimately, though, these fluctuations were small in comparison to the overwhelming emphasis the majority of participants placed on taking care of their loved ones.
“Studying attraction is easy and sexy, but people’s everyday interests are actually more focused on something more wholesome – family values,” says senior author Douglas Kenrick, President’s Professor of Psychology at ASU.. “Everybody cares about their family and loved ones the most, which, surprisingly, hasn’t been as carefully studied as a motivator of human behavior.”
These different behavioral motivations were also found to be related to overall well-being, but in drastically different ways. Interestingly, those who placed more of an emphasis on attracting new partners and sex were less satisfied with their lives and much more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. Conversely, those who prioritized family care and long-term relationships consistently described themselves as satisfied with their lives.
That provides a valuable clue on what might be behind the declining mental health of Western people.
Furthermore, the fact that family and loved ones are what matters most to people, as well as the fact that people who prioritize family care and long-term relationships are happier and healthier than people who prioritize mating, are arguments for nationalism.
Outside of family, the more someone looks like you, the more genetically related you two are. Your countrymen and then white people in general are the closest thing to your family outside your family, as they are pretty much right next to each other in the genetic proximity line (and way, way closer than browns, blacks and all of the other primitive variants).
In actual fact, you are genetically closer to a random white person than you would be to a mulatto half-brother.
Wanting to live with family and with people who look like you is natural. Diversity is a sick experiment in the destruction of the order of nature, an attack on fundamental behavioral instincts hardwired into our genetics.