Why does a bad impression last longer than a good one? Why does losing money affect us more than gaining it? What makes phobias so hard to shake?
The answer is the negativity bias - or in other words, the power of bad. As John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister show, we are wired to react to bad over good. It makes sense in evolutionary terms, but in our modern world the lure of bad is, well, bad. It governs people's moods, drives marketing and dominates our news. It can explain everything from why wars start or couples divorce, to why we mess up job interviews or feud with neighbours.
But there is good news. By using smart strategies from new science, we can train our brains to get better at spotting our own negativity bias, fighting back with our rational minds to manage the bad in our lives - and even using its power for positive results.
Breaking bad's hold over us can help our own lives, at work and in our relationships. Properly understood, bad can be a good thing.
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- Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
- Seitenzahl: 256
- Erscheinungstermin: 31.12.2019
- ISBN-13: 9780141975818
- Artikelnr.: 56545399
**A Leadership Now Best Leadership Book of 2019**
Provocative the authors are shrewd about the ways in which negativity can pollute both intimate relationships and large groups. They also show that bad experiences can be instructive, using stories to humanize a subject that could otherwise be dry. The Economist
In their new book, The Power of Bad, bestselling authors John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister offer a rule of thumb to help you reach any goal you set your mind to. Carmine Gallo, Forbes
In John Tierney and Roy Baumeister s new book, The Power of Bad, we learn about fascinating research on the negativity bias that illustrates its power over us Their book is full of unexpected surprises about human nature, paired with a nice dose of humor. Greater Good Magazine
We all have an inner Cassandra, Eeyore, Grumpy, Sad Sack, Mr. Worry, Nervous Nellie, and Gloomy Gus. This fascinating look at the negativity bias by one of our most creative psychologists and liveliest science writers can enlighten your understanding of human nature, restore balance to your world view, and yes, cheer you up. Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Enlightenment Now
Tierney and Baumeister show across many domains that people learn more from setbacks and penalties than from successes and rewards. So what would happen if parents and educators ignored the evidence and systematically protected kids from negative experiences? This brilliant book shows how one simple principle can improve education, mental health, relationships, leadership, and organizations. Everyone will benefit from reading it, especially those trying to raise, educate, or employ members of Gen Z. Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, bestselling authors of The Coddling of the American Mind
This book is gold. By conquering the brain s primal impulse to focus on the bad, we can all build stronger relationships and enjoy happier lives. Helen Fisher, author of Anatomy of Love
"The most important book at the borderland of psychology and politics that I have ever read." Martin E. P. Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at that University of Pennsylvania and author of Learned Optimism
The Power of Bad is that rare book that captures a broad swath of human thinking and behavior in one overarching and compelling thesis: The negative has a larger impact on us than the positive. That is an observation with wide-ranging implications for just about everything, including relationships, parenting, marketing, motivation, and management. Baumeister and Tierney show how you can harness this fundamental aspect of human psychology to your benefit turning the power of bad into a force for good. Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., author of iGen
Blood, boils, death, and darkness: Why does bad always loom so much larger than good? Blame the design of the human mind. In their fascinating new book, Tierney and Baumeister explain why the things we like the least affect us the most, and how we can use this fact to our advantage. THE POWER OF BAD is just damn good! Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness