Avoid Negativity Bias

by Stuart D. Walesh, P.E., Ph.D., (Dist.M.ASCE)

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 4, Pg. 70-71

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: You are, or imagine you are, retired and reflecting. You recall unfulfilled personal and professional dreams, some held for decades. You might have wanted to walk the Appalachian Trail. Perhaps you longed to move to the top of an organization, live and travel on a boat, start a business, bike across England, or write a book. Unfortunately, some of your dreams will always remain permanent fantasies. How could an important desire that lived vividly within in you for so long be put off, and, in some cases, completely ignored? The answer is likely your brain?s negativity bias. You, and others, may not even know this force exists. But neuroscientists do, and their knowledge can, in many cases, help us achieve long-delayed dreams.

Subject Headings: Small craft | Organizations | Bicycles | Appalachian | England | United Kingdom | Europe


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