I am a genuinely positive person , but I can throw a pity party with the best of them . Today on linked in Jeff Haden talks about the unexpected consequences of negativity and about making a decision NOT to allow that to happen, at least once a week!
Like it or not—although this one’s really hard to like—we all have a natural bias towards negativity. While we appreciate positive experiences, we are much more finely attuned and give much greater weight to negative experiences like fear, threats, or even just bad news.
Or as my non-neuropsychologist father used to say, “It takes five pats on the back to make up for one, ‘Ah, (crap).’”
Our negativity bias is also why we tend to dwell on what other people do wrong: Every mistake, every misstep, and every slight is like a threat or potential loss, if only to our self-esteem.
Read more via No Negatives Friday | LinkedIn.