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Misanthropy means when a human being shows hate, dislike, and distrust for humanity. Let me hear your personal opinions on why some humans feel that way. Are you by any chance a misanthropist? Explain your story. Although they're human, do misanthropic people hate themselves because of it or is it arrogance? Tell me your opinions on this. I'm just curious. You can show pictures if you want to.

Posted 9/17/13
Wouldn't really know. Sometimes I just think negative of people because I suspect they are trying to sabotage me or something.
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I think negative of many people.
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Sometimes I think people may act like that because they feel its a cool thing to say "I hate people" or perhaps it's a coverup to being anti-social.

To be honest I read it way more on the Internet than I actually hear people say it. There could be that whole Internet being a breeding ground for negativity.

Despite the bad experiences you have with a few people it shouldn't turn you off on humans as a whole because you may miss out on some really awesome people.
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It's a defensive emotional reaction where the individual seeks more than anything to protect their ego. It doesn't result from being highly intelligent, or from understanding every nuance of human nature. That's just the kind of statement you'll often hear a misanthrope make, and it amounts to little more than additional defensive padding.

The sad part is they do so at the expense of all the positive benefits of friendship and camaraderie. Unlike how it's often portrayed in movies, at the highest levels of academia, we actually see it less and less as it tends to severely hamper one's career.
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DurtyGambino wrote:

Sometimes I think people may act like that because they feel its a cool thing to say "I hate people" or perhaps it's a coverup to being anti-social.

To be honest I read it way more on the Internet than I actually hear people say it. There could be that whole Internet being a breeding ground for negativity.

Despite the bad experiences you have with a few people it shouldn't turn you off on humans as a whole because you may miss out on some really awesome people.



Strange enough I halfway feel like this. I only hate half of humanity but the other half is only likable to me. I felt this way for sometime and still do.
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tf2pyros wrote:

I think negative of many people.


Doesn't matter who they are, huh?
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It is the way the world is. You see it at work, at school, at restaurants, parks, online, etc... people being inconsiderate, being jerks, being bigots, racists, sexists, intolerant. I sometimes hate a lot of things I see in many people but this is the world I and my kids live in so we have to make the best of it. There are good people out there too just not as many as the bad ones.
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Misanthropy...?

That's their choice to make, and I'll respect their belief. The person, on the other hand... It depends. After all, someone who distrusts/hates humanity could very well have a legitimate reason for their stance, such as a traumatic experience. People can be truly heinous, and it's only natural for us to try and protect ourselves. Misanthropy is occasionally a defense-mechanism.

Personally, I possess some misanthropic aspects, though only to a mild degree. It's my way of trying to shield myself from assholes (and much worse), though I immensely value those who pierce my armour.
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like being cynical right?

well i think everyone has a bit of misanthropy in them..like have you ever remembered of a time in which you lost your trust in someone because of a certain situation? like heartbreak or broken promises, things like that? it kind of makes you wonder, if someone you trusted so much failed you, who can you really trust? or what about someone you have never met before but just happen to pass by? as a regular human, we tend to be judgmental (maybe not everyone, but the majority) and sometimes what we think of someone might not be all that "positive", which technically, could be considered a form of misanthropy. Now I dont think that it is bad as long as you dont take it to far. But misanthropy is just a part of human nature, heck even nature itself..it just only depends on how far one takes it...JUST AN OPINION
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I would say people who possess this kind of belief do so for one of two reasons. It's "cool" to them, or they've been genuinely fucked over enough by humanity to develop a mass distrust for it.

Myself, though, I'm far from misanthropic. I don't think I'd be able to survive without someone to associate with verbally and physically. I'm like a hamster, I need love.
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It's not people I don't trust - it's their ignorance.
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I have a general disgust for a majority of humanity. Does that make me a misanthropist? Maybe. I also do believe that there are small but amazing things that humans have done. Again, it's just the majority that bothers me.
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AshRandom wrote:

It's a defensive emotional reaction where the individual seeks more than anything to protect their ego. It doesn't result from being highly intelligent, or from understanding every nuance of human nature. That's just the kind of statement you'll often hear a misanthrope make, and it amounts to little more than additional defensive padding.

The sad part is they do so at the expense of all the positive benefits of friendship and camaraderie. Unlike how it's often portrayed in movies, at the highest levels of academia, we actually see it less and less as it tends to severely hamper one's career.


That's more or less my opinion on the issue. Unless people are prepared to treat others as their equals, they're going to be living with a lot more stress than they need to. Most people who claim to hate people are either trying to give themselves a boost, which is spiteful and counterproductive, or else genuinely consider themselves better than others, which is delusional, and again, counterproductive. A superiority complex is just as big a problem as an inferiority complex.

I think it's perfectly fine to dislike being around people. I'm like that myself: I'd generally rather be spending my time alone working on my own projects and pursuing my own hobbies. But I'd never be rude or condescending to someone just for the hell of it. I'm a person too, and I know I don't like being antagonized, so why would I do that to someone else? I'd be miserable without the people in my life, even if I do try to avoid them occasionally. On top of that, I realize that my own lifestyle would be completely impossible without other people. I don't have to farm, hunt, or gather my food; I don't have to defend myself from dangerous animals; I don't have to build my own shelter, make my own clothes, and create all the convenient things that I use every day. And most importantly, I'd never have anyone to share and discuss ideas with, and there would be no fiction other than what I write myself.

Whether they realize it or not, everyone relies on countless other people to make their lives more manageable and enjoyable. Maybe they don't like to interact with others directly, and that's fine. But anyone who can't muster up the proper amount of gratitude and affection for the rest of their species is taking so many things for granted.
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Porlyusica hates humans, but she's cool to Wendy so I like her.

There are good people and there are bad people, just so happens that the bad out weight the good. And that's because bad guys are such diehards.

seriously, people living in the most harsh conditions, live a while. Mozart gets a cold, then goes *plop*

Nobel peace prize goes to Obama *facepalm*
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