Boo-hoo-hoo. A tree covered with lights and decorations is so “threatening” especially if we “really do value respecting and including diversity”.
(Telegraph UK)— Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada, found non-Christians feel less self-assured and have fewer positive feelings if a Christmas tree was in the room.
The scientists conducted the study using 77 Christians and 57 non-believers, including Buddhists and Sikhs. (Ed. note: What no Muslims? Were they afraid of being bombed or sued or something?)
The participants did not know the survey was about Christmas, and were asked to fill in questions about themselves both when a 12-inch Christmas tree was in the room and when it was not.
“Non-celebrators” reported fewer positive feelings and less self-assurance in the Christmas room. Christians were mostly cheered by the tree.
Christians, however, did report feeling more guilt when a tree was in the room, which, claim the researchers, suggests the holidays can be stressful.
Michael Schmitt, a social psychologist behind the research, decided to carry out the study after controversy over whether Christmas should be celebrated in public in case it offends non-Christians. He said: “Simply having this 12-inch Christmas tree in the room with them made them feel less included in the university as a whole, which to me is a pretty powerful effect from one 12-inch Christmas tree in one psychology lab. “I don’t think it’s really going to undermine anyone’s experience of Christmas to tone it down.
“We’re not suggesting ‘no Christmas’ or ‘no Christmas displays at all,’ but in contexts where we really do value respecting and including diversity in terms of religion, the safest option is not to have these kinds of displays.
“I understand why it might feel threatening to people. But I think if people do care about making a whole range of different kinds of people feel included and respected, then we can make some small changes that would go a long way toward creating a more multicultural or inclusive society.”
The researchers published their results in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
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Should we ban trees?
Answer by 2tinyhineys at 7:30 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Oh, and look, it's yet another link for that website she swears she's not affiliated with, yet shows up in half the stuff she copies and pastes...
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:11 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:14 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 5:10 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Answer by scout_mom at 5:31 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Answer by MrsMWF at 5:30 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Answer by anng.atlanta at 5:20 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Answer by SuperChicken at 6:14 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 5:13 PM on Dec. 20, 2010
Next question overall
would you buy this for your kids? what would you pay?