Negativity Bias, or Why Insults Affect Us More Than Compliments

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Negativity Bias, or Why Insults Affect Us More Than Compliments

In this episode...

Do you feel the sting of an insult more powerfully than you feel the joy of praise? Are you constantly scanning for what’s wrong, instead of what’s right?

If so, you may be experiencing the negativity bias—the psychological phenomenon that causes negative experiences to have a greater impact on our brains than positive or neutral ones.

Negativity bias affects our lives in so many sneaky ways—including our relationships, our motivation to complete a task, and our decision-making. Perhaps worst of all, it can even turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy that brings more negativity into our lives.

In today’s episode, I share some strategies we can all use to manage our minds and focus on the brighter side of life.

Listen to Your Permission Prescription: Episode 62 to learn more about how negativity bias might be affecting your life.

What We Discuss & Highlights From Episode 62:

  • What the negativity bias is, and why we tend to latch onto trauma
  • How looking for what’s wrong can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • A mindset hack that can help stave off disappointment and keep your mood elevated
  • The fascinating way that negativity bias affects our motivation
  • How we can begin to dwell in more positive experiences

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