New study finds more people are 'Santas' than 'Scrooges' – Florida Politics (blog)
It’s the season of giving and a new study found that most people have a generous streak, but they’re more than willing to shelve their good nature if they feel like people are taking advantage of them.
“The notion that it’s always better to give than to receive is true per se, but we’d like to add one caveat: Give and show kindness within reason,” said Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests.
“There is nothing wrong with being generous during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you have to max out your credit cards to pay for gifts, work yourself to exhaustion cooking for and entertaining others, or abide by bad behavior on the part of family members.
“This is why more than half of the population are conditional givers: Most people are willing to be generous, but if you take advantage of their good nature, they will cut you off. The majority of givers will not tolerate someone who takes and takes but offers little in return.”
The study, which took responses from 10,000 people, split up givers into five categories ranging from “Straight-up Scrooges” to “Bona Fide Santas.”
Scrooges are the over-the-top villains of the holiday season: They are selfish loners who always put themselves first, and are hostile, domineering and aggressive. They also refuse to trust others or to compromise.
Thankfully the study found just 0.4 percent of the population fit this mold, with men and women pretty much an even split for this undesirable personality type.
That doesn’t mean everyone else was a great giver, however, as more than half the population falls into the “Tit for Tat Elf” category.
As the name implies, these elves give freely, but they expect something in return. It’s not