Do you see the glass half full or half empty? Optimist or pessimist? “I’m a realist, I see things as they are!” I would always respond. But I was far away from the truth. And it took me a while to admit that I actually have a strong tendency to get stuck in the negative. I mean most of us do, don’t we? But why?
Why does our view of the world tends to tilt toward the negative?
Our brains are wired to keep us from danger, most scientists would agree. But why would we get stuck in these negative thoughts when danger is no longer immediate? In a brilliant TED talk social psychologist Alison Ledgerwood shows on a series of experiments how our minds struggle to switch from one way of thinking to another. Continue reading “Stuck in the negative”