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Response to elocs (Reply #22)

Mon Aug 5, 2019, 06:04 PM

25. I hear you. I myself would rather be a wrong pessimist than a wrong optimist. And so do others,

when it comes down to decision making.

But don't conflate wishing with optimism around here, or the perspective building that fights against the human tendency of "negative bias." Obama won on hope and change. And the country is better for erring on that side than accepting the dark side of humans as "inevitable."

The negativity bias,[1] also known as the negativity effect, is the notion that, even when of equal intensity, things of a more negative nature (e.g. unpleasant thoughts, emotions, or social interactions; harmful/traumatic events) have a greater effect on one's psychological state and processes than neutral or positive things.[2][3][4] In other words, something very positive will generally have less of an impact on a person's behavior and cognition than something equally emotional but negative. ... it exists in a lot of domains, politics being one.

In politics ... Research points to a correlation between political affiliation and negativity bias [47] [48], where conservatives are more sensitive to negative stimuli and therefore tend to lean towards right-leaning ideology which considers threat reduction and social-order to be its main focus.[49]

Individuals with lower negativity bias tend to lean towards liberal political policies such as pluralism and are accepting of diverse social groups which by proxy could threaten social structure and cause greater risk of unrest.[50]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativity_bias#Politics

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