Buddhas Brain: Negative Trumps Positive?


Negative events generally have more impact than positive ones.


For example, it’s easy to acquire feelings of learned helplessness from a few failures, but hard to undo those feelings, even with many successes (Seligman 2006).


People will do more to avoid a loss than to acquire a comparable gain (Baumeister et al. 2001). 

Compared to lottery winners, accident victims usually take longer to return to their original baseline of happiness (Brickman, Coates, and Janoff-Bulman 1978).


Bad information about a person carries more weight than good information (Peeters and Czapinski 1990), and in relationships, it typically takes about five positive interactions to overcome the effects of a single negative one (Gottman 1995).

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