How to manage the negativity bias
While the negativity bias is deeply ingrained, it is possible to manage it.
- Pay attention. Be aware of this common bias and try to objectively balance the facts out.
- Make space for self-reflection. Write down your thoughts and feelings.
- Establish positive routines. Whenever you’re replaying a negative event in your head, switch your attention to something positive.
- Use mental models. These help you objectively judge a situation without falling prey to our tendency for risk aversion and loss aversion.