You’re NOT as old as you feel - in­side you’re age­less

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life -

FOR­GET about only be­ing as old as you feel – many of us are age­less.

Psy­chol­o­gists found that more than one in 20 do not have an ‘age they feel in­side’.

By con­trast, one in 10 is ‘age­bound’ – stressed about how old they are.

The study ex­poses the myth that ev­ery­one has a sub­jec­tive age that is dif­fer­ent from their real one, said Southamp­ton Uni­ver­sity re­searcher Sen­gul Ku­peli-Holt. ‘Many peo­ple sim­ply do not have an age on the in­side – they are age­less,’ she added.

The study of 1,114 women and men found al­most 10 per cent be­lieve they have a sub­jec­tive age – say­ing, for ex­am­ple, ‘I al­ways feel 18 in­side’ – and were clas­si­fied as age- bound. But 6.5 per cent said they did not have a sub­jec­tive age, and the re­main­der were on a spec­trum be­tween the two ex­tremes.

Age­less and age­bound peo­ple were evenly spread across real ages and gen­der.

Ms Ku­peli-Holt’s re­search was pre­sented yes­ter­day at the Bri­tish Psy­cho­log­i­cal So­ci­ety con­fer­ence in Liver­pool.

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