Scientists from New York studied the brain of more than 100 children who were born in families with different income levels. They found that children from not-so-well-off families have 6% less brain volume than rich offspring. However, poverty changes not only our physiology, but also behavior.
We at Happy Worthy Life learned what habits distinguish people who have grown up in poor families and backed up theoretical information with life stories. At the end of the article you will find a double bonus.
1. Spend money on things that you might not want to buy
The desire of parents to save every penny, so that there is enough money until the next salary, inevitably leaves an imprint on their child. As an adult, he is likely to begin to waste, buying those things that he does not need at all. But these things are by ear, everyone gets them; Moreover, according to the generally accepted opinion, any person who believes that his affairs are going uphill should have them.
This can be safely attributed to the situation with iPhones, which has already filled everyone’s mouth. As well as with Apple Watch and Airpods, for which people get into debt and take loans. But in society, the owners of these gadgets look very presentable.
2. Paradoxically, they feel sorry for spending money on themselves
These same people feel sorry for spending money on what they really want to have. They go into the store, see a thing that they like, and catch themselves thinking that it is “too expensive.” As a result, they leave the store empty-handed and with a feeling of total helplessness. A similar situation exists with basic necessities, ranging from food to apartment renovation.
- When you have to throw away food or any other things, I feel terribly ashamed. I try to eat everything that is in the refrigerator, as long as it does not deteriorate. I shake out the last drop from a bottle of shampoo. I don’t even throw holey socks or clothes falling to pieces, even though I try to deal with it. © unknown author / reddit
- I lived without a sofa for a year in a new house. Just because I could not bring myself to pay for it. I have no problems with the acquisition of something, if it costs less than ₽ 1,500. But if the price is higher, then I fall into a stupor and can not decide on a purchase. © OtillyAdelia / reddit
- I refuse to pay someone for what I can do myself. Or if I can learn to do it. For example, repair of cars, furniture, and even at home. © dyk3j3sus / reddit
The exact opposite situation is observed when you need to buy a gift for someone from your loved ones. People who grew up in poverty are literally ready to spend the last ruble in order to get an expensive present for which it would not be ashamed.
3. They are risk averse and generally behave more impulsively
It is believed that people who grow up in poverty are more likely to take risks because they have nothing to lose. Due to rather gambling behavior, sometimes they manage to increase their fortune, since they invest in non-spinning enterprises and projects in which others are afraid to invest.
4. Such people like to eat and are ashamed to throw away food.
Growing up in low-income families, as a rule, did not have access to high-quality food, and often to ordinary chocolates, in childhood. Because of this, in adulthood, a desire may appear to eat everything that is in the access zone.
Scientists put forward such a theory and successfully proved it through experiment. It involved several dozen women. Half of them had poor parents, and the remaining half were lucky to be born into wealthy families. All the ladies were offered to drink a bottle of high-calorie soda, after which they were given lunch. It turned out that, despite the lack of hunger, it was precisely those subjects who were born in poor families who ate everything cleaned up.
- I eat all the food in the refrigerator so that it doesn’t go bad, because I’m scared to throw it away. When I was a child, I rarely managed to eat to the dump. © tc88 / reddit
- I can’t let the food go bad. If I see that fruits and vegetables are already on their last legs, then I will certainly dry them to eat later. © auamethys / reddit
- I feel terrible when I see my boyfriend’s family throwing sauces in bags that are over. Damn it, give me this bag – I’ll squeeze a couple more spoons out of it! © jnseel / reddit
5. Seek to overpay, just to feel comfortable
If parents were too thrifty and literally counted every ruble spent, then in the future their child will likely have an aversion to financial planning. He will be ready to overpay heavily, just so as not to feel discomfort. The most stressful situation for him is the need to think about what to save.
- I have a good salary, and I can afford to spend as much as I spend. Say I don’t have cash on the bus. Yes, and I hate buses. I will call a taxi because I can do it. Because I don’t want to spend a second of my life thinking about how to save an extra penny, as my mother did. © Rick Morton / One Hundred Years of Dirt
6. Spend money as soon as they come to the account
A large amount of money in the hands of a person who has grown up in poverty is nonsense. If money comes to him, he reflexively spends it immediately, because he is afraid that they will somehow disappear. A lot of funny cases happen to such people if they win, for example, in the lottery. You have probably at least once in your life seen articles in the media about how a certain “mechanic Lopukhov won a couple of millions and squandered them in a couple of months.”
- When I started making money myself, I could not plan a budget. Absolutely. I received a salary and immediately lowered it to something. Just because I could afford it. In the first years of my independence, I almost did not save. Fortunately, now I have opened a savings account and put a percentage of my salary on it every month. But I still feel like buying unnecessary things from time to time. Basically all sorts of cosmetic things. © NeckForDays / reddit
7. If such people are offered something for free, they will burn with shame
Any topic of money can cause shame, but especially in those cases when it comes to something free. Or substantial discounts. For example, corporate lunches or a corporate gym membership will be either unacceptable at all, or accepted with a feeling of wild embarrassment.
If a person grew up in a low-income family, he is ashamed to attempt a freebie. He prefers to pay for a product or service because he can do it. Even if you do not need it at all, let’s say, some kind of trifle at the cash desk, which the cashier is trying to sell you.
- I donate money to charity, even if I shouldn’t. For example, if a cashier in a store asks me if I want to donate some money to someone, then I will give him the money, let there be no more than $ 300 left in my wallet. I am working on getting rid of this habit, but so far in vain. © _fightme / reddit
8. They are afraid to connect an automatic payment, and loans are paid on the last day
In the future, these people have a fear of automatic payments. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence for this. However, there was a thread at Reddit where users asked people who grew up in poor families to talk about their habits that they want, but cannot fight. Many noted that automatic payments put them in a state of stress.
- I can’t make an automatic payment for anything. Although it would be very comfortable, because I would not have to remove part of the salary every month. But a voice literally sounds in my head: “What if this money is needed for something more important? After all, you can pay a receipt for electricity within 60 days, so why do it earlier? ”This tiny fear remains with me to this day. © KnittinAndBitchin / reddit
Bonus No. 1: People who consider themselves poor get older ahead of time
In 2010, scientists conducted an experiment: they tested the mental abilities of young people. It turned out that the longer a person lived in financial difficulties, the slower he thought. At the same time, it is curious that the subjects who had enough money, but they believed that they were few, also showed poor test results. Researchers believe this leads to premature aging.
In addition, aging in this case is associated with a lack of funds for high-quality treatment and food, which cannot but affect health and appearance.
Bonus No. 2: Unfortunately, even if many years have passed and the person is already financially secure, he is unlikely to be able to forget some points from his childhood
- I remember playing with the guys in the yard and we were near my house. Someone asked me to take out toilet paper. But we didn’t have it, we used newspapers, and I hesitated. Then one girl cried out: “Why don’t you use toilet paper ?!” And everyone started laughing at me. And I still recall with a shudder. © Gofessor / pikabu
- Until 2004, the whole family lived in the village with her grandmother. For dinner there were either pasta with onions and carrots, or potatoes (fried, boiled, stewed). On holidays, my mother brought a whole herring and a couple of legs – it was really a holiday. I am silent about things, I still remember how new classmates were ashamed of me for my appearance after moving to the city. © foxirenna / pikabu
- We all lived in poor life, but I still remember how my friends boasted of new dolls. I also remember how clothes and toys were found in the trash. Literally. There were many such things in my closet. It seems like many years have passed, but still I can not buy what I like. I take it cheaper, more modest, more practical. I save where this is not necessary. I don’t know how to choose clothes. I’m also afraid to have my own children. © TutLogin / pikabu
Tell us what habits of people who grew up in poverty, have you noticed?
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