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How to overcome the human bias for negativity

You might think you’re weird when a thousand good things happen but you focus on the one bad thing. You’re not. That’s the way our brains are hardwired. We’re designed by nature to pay more attention and react more quickly and more strongly to negative than to positive news. This tendency to give more weight to the negative is called negativity bias and is defined as “the propensity to attend to, learn from, and use negative information far more than positive information.”  From the dawn of human history, our very survival depended on our skill at dodging danger. The brain developed systems that would make it unavoidable for us not to notice danger and thus, hopefully, respond to it.  It is often a relief to know that your brain is designed to behave in this way.  However, it is still an issue as far too many people become self-critical as a result.

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