Misanthropy a philosophy of life

Robert Johnston
Misanthropy a philosophy of life

A look at the positives and negatives of misanthropy

Do you think that most people are good, honest and trustworthy or that they are selfish and a great evil for this planet? Do you consider humanity an error of evolution?


  • The concept of misanthropy
  • Advantages and disadvantages of being misanthrope
    • Conclusions
    • Links

The concept of misanthropy

Misanthropy consists of mistrust and rejection that can sometimes lead to aversion towards the group that makes up the human race. They detest the characteristics of the human essence, for this reason, they tend to be in perpetual disagreement with many aspects of society, thus generating greater intolerance, frustration and with this, some accentuate their tendency to isolation, with all that it implies. Ligotti, called them "virtuous of the devaluation of life." Many of them feel somewhat superior to their peers, whether intellectually, physically, professionally, artistically, or otherwise..

It is not classified within the diagnostic criteria to consider it a disorder, misanthropy is rather an attitude and a philosophy of life that has behavioral implications.

Human nature has always called the attention of philosophers, the Greeks were already talking about the concept; Thomas Hobbes, highlighted that hostility and interest as the definition of the characteristics of human nature, suggesting that people live in a constant state of war against each other ... "Man is man's own wolf," he said.

Molière represents him in his play "The Misanthrope", where the protagonist is honest and sincere, in such a way that he harshly rejects the uses and customs of his time and of the aristocracy, despite living in an irony. Another example: Beethoven, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, H.P. Lovecraft, who was described as: “a lovable misanthrope and a visionary materialist. The world made him sick and he saw no reason to believe that looking at things with a better perspective they could seem different ".

Advantages and disadvantages of being misanthrope

They are not so influenced by the dominant culture, they tend not to fit in and they tend to be discriminated against, although later on, they tend to enjoy solitude; The degree of social isolation that they experience leads them to have a nurturing and growing inner life in the areas that so decide, since they are not so influenced, many are not interested in exercising social control, because society seems to them a so ridiculous, incongruous and lacking in common sense.

Many of your arguments are valid. For example, our e-system is based mainly on excessive consumption and the production of unnecessary goods, and our planet also has non-renewable natural resources.

If he isolates himself, he enters a vicious circle, where he affirms many of his beliefs, because he refuses himself to have positive experiences with people, sometimes he does it unconsciously, he shares characteristics of social phobia, sociopathy and psychopathy (however, many can establish sincere and affective relationships with people they consider. Currently many of them can become more comfortable interacting socially through networks.

Their philosophy of life serves as the intrinsic motivator of their avoidance behavior in the face of certain social conventions that they consider insulous or are simply on a different level from their own. Schopenhauer said in this regard: "Common men invented the life of society, because it is easier for them to support others than to support themselves.".

Some tend to criticize events, parties and even social organizations; The funny thing is that they are generally very good at criticizing, many of them have an IQ (Intellectual Coefficient), they tend to be fond of reading and have a cultural level above average. And although they become very uncomfortable, because they have almost no qualms about saying things, they can be very objective, realistic and perfectionist, many of them are highly propositional, so they tend to be valuable, for the qualities they cultivate due to their features.

Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have shown that cynical distrust can be a predictor of negative physical health outcomes, including: obesity and insulin resistance, coronary heart disease, dementia, and increased mortality.

At the interpersonal level, cynical individuals provide and receive less social support, report greater conflict in the family, and less marital satisfaction. Do the negative outcomes of cynicism extend beyond poor health, unhappiness, and a poor social life and possibly extend to harmful economic outcomes??

Researchers observed that those with paranoid traits, due to their little or no trust in others, are less likely to be financially defrauded, as greater caution associated with cynical beliefs about human nature could avoid financial losses due to deception and fraud.

The negative aspect is that it has been seen that people who consider most other people as dishonest and unreliable, are very likely to miss valuable opportunities to collaborate on large projects, thus renouncing the economic benefits that the efforts sets suppose and help can receive.

They can be honest, to the point of discomfort and aggression. It is important to note that a truth said out of context represents direct aggression; However, the misanthrope, handles high levels of cynicism, so he generally does not care if he offends with his comment..

This concept should not be confused with sexism, as Andrew Davidson put it: “… The truth is that I dislike most men, as much as I dislike women. I am an egalitarian misanthrope. " The sexuality and gender of the people had nothing to do with their disdain for them, illustrating in this way, that they tend to use a very acidic or black humor, they frequently use: sarcasm, syllogisms, analogies, among other literary resources.

Some consider not having children, which is called: anti-natalism, trying to ignore the demands of our biology, avoiding reproducing ... thus embracing voluntary extinction.


It is said that many famous misanthropes exceeded the limits of the rights of others; misanthropy per se does not meet the criteria for being a disorder; However, many of these people, apart from being misanthropes, have other psychological conflicts and disorders, which, hand in hand with misanthropy and some triggers, led them to commit suicide or crimes. To prevent it from reaching dire consequences, it is necessary that: We talk about suicide, without taboos, supporting ourselves with adequate professional help, if necessary.

Due to their personality traits, they do not tend to have very good life habits, which in the long term has a very negative effect on their health. As we progress through their stages of development, it tends to take more work to modify our behavior, especially due to their personality traits. In fact, isolation and poor health care led many famous misanthropes to suffer from terrible illnesses that further affirmed their stance on life..


  1. http://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/psychology/psychology-and-psychiatry/misanthropy
  2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X97905925
  3. https://study.com/academy/lesson/misanthropy-definition-treatment.html
  4. http://gss.norc.org/Documents/reports/topical-reports/TR29%20Factors%20Relating%20to%20Misanthropy%20in%20Contemporary%20American%20Society.pdf

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