The Negativity Instinct

The negativity instinct describes our proclivity to focus on the negative rather than the positive.

So, when you hear something terrible, ask yourself, “Would I have heard about it if there had been an equally large positive improvement?”

Keep in mind that information about negative events is much more likely to reach us. Be prepared for bad news.

Practice differentiating between levels and directions of change. Convince yourself that things can go either way.

Good news is not breaking news. The good news is rarely reported. When you hear bad news, consider whether equally good news would have reached you.

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