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The Negativity Instinct

The Negativity Instinct

The negativity instinct describes our tendency to notice the bad more than the good.

So when you hear about something terrible, calm yourself by asking, If there had been an equally large positive improvement, would I have heard about that?

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The Negativity Instinct

The Negativity Instinct

Our tendency to notice the bad more than the good (e.g. believing that things are getting worse when things are actually getting better).

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