A study by psychologists from the University of Michigan has found that “we are better than others at categorising ourselves as ‘different’ in a way that is similar to what we might have identified as a genetic anomaly.”
The study, which was published in the journal Cognition and Emotion, looked at how people perceived themselves and how they behaved, in addition to their genes.
The findings suggest that “our genetic uniqueness, which makes us special, may also make us more successful, more tolerant, and more open to social and other connections.”
It was found that the most common genetic feature was that of having a single X chromosome that is different from the rest of the human genome.
Researchers said the findings “suggest that people are more sensitive to genetic differences than previously thought.”
It’s a good sign, they said.
In the study, participants were asked to identify a person who they thought was “different” in terms of appearance, personality, and traits.
Participants then rated how well they perceived the individual, and were then asked to choose between their self-identification as “good” or “bad.”
Those who rated themselves as “bad” had a higher score than those who rated the individuals “good.”
Researchers concluded that the “bias toward ‘bad’ traits may result from the influence of genes on perception and behavior.”
“There are genetic variations that are more common in people with autism spectrum disorders and we suspect that some of these may reflect genetic differences that are also associated with other traits,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers also found that individuals who scored “bad,” but “good,” also scored higher on personality traits and were less likely to engage in antisocial behavior.
They also noted that people with a genetic abnormality tended to report being less interested in others and less sociable.
“This research is important because it suggests that genetics plays a critical role in shaping who we are and who we become, and we can learn more about how to manage and treat these conditions,” the study authors said.