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Why do haters hate?

It's ingrained in an individual’s personality, research suggests.

By Joy Jernigan - MSN Living Editor Aug 26, 2013 8:45PM

Why do haters seem to dislike everything?Some people seem to dislike everything.

But what makes haters hate?

It’s all part of our individual personality — or “dispositional attitude,” according to new research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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"Some people may simply be more prone to focusing on positive features and others on negative features,” said co-author Justin Hepler of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

To learn whether people differ in the tendency to like or dislike things, Hepler and co-author Dolores Albarracín, the Martin Fishbein Chair of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, asked participants to report their attitudes on a variety of unrelated subjects such as architecture, politics, soccer and taxes. The responses were then averaged to calculate how much each individual tends like or dislike things in general.

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The researchers found that those with generally positive dispositional attitudes are more open to follow positive actions — in other words, buy new things, recycle or drive safely.

And the haters? People who strongly hate one thing are likely to strongly hate other things as well. “You also have to consider the person,” Hepler said.

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There is an opposite to everything.there's no love without hate,no light without darkness,no good without evil,no female without male,no rich without poor,no extraverts without introverts,no peace without war,and this is what creates the world that we live in. 
Sep 2, 2013 1:36AM
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Well, there's 90 seconds of my life I'll never get back. Another blockbusting, in-depth article from MSN.
Sep 2, 2013 1:22AM
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its so easy to be happy when ypu have money
Sep 2, 2013 1:17AM
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At some indistinct point in a persons life, we seem to have in front of us, two paths to follow. One is of bitterness, hate, mistrust and an overall unhappiness with our lives and with the lives of others. 
The other path is one of happiness, contentment and the joy of living. As a retiree, I watch these trends. Often they have developed in a young person, and that person just gets better at one of these paths, with age.
Personally, I choose the latter path- with care. There are a lot of "haters" out there.
Sep 1, 2013 7:46PM
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This might be my last time to look at Comments on the web.  I started b/c I thought it would add to my understanding of any article.  But the result is just the opposite, and sad.  There is such a great number of silly, insulting, profane comments which I consider under the general description of Hateful.  I wouldn't linger in the presence of a 5-yr-old having a tantrum, and I won't continue to read Comments.   Haters don't change anyone's mind about anything, and their minds are never open to change, either ... so what's the point? 
Sep 1, 2013 4:34PM
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people will always hate , people will always love .
Sep 1, 2013 4:02PM
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Not always true. I get irate over people's actions, nothing more. For example, muslims. They have proven that they are the most dangerous vicious animals on earth prone to violence at the drop of a hat over something so stupid that it shouldn't even be noticed. So when I hear of dead muslims, I'm a happy guy. I know they brought it on themselves, usually at the hands of their own kind or themselves.

I normally could care less about politicians, but when they start trying to take away my constitutional rights for the empty promise of greater safety, I suddenly find a need to take away their power. Demonstrate that they are not capable of leading and I'll begin working to get rid of them. My constitutional rights are very important to me. "Thou shalt not touch them."

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