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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It’s in your heads.

Negative turning points in life can usually be sought out of a result of depression, disagreement and even failure. However, through such events and sorts is when experiences are formed, and also the will to avoid it from happening again. It spurs us to learn and improve the situation for the next time. Negativity inspires people to improve and learn their mental limits in life, and how far they can really go overall.

A positive attitude is mainly portrayed as more popular and even an easier way to live. Ignore the negatives and stressful parts of lives and concentrate on the next positive outcome, easy to do in the short term but not the long. In society, those with positive mindsets are treated and accepted a lot more than those who think any other way. Everybody enjoys a positive thinker in the group or area, they liven the mood and keep other people confident. It's good, really good but there are limits (as there is to everything). Optimistic thinkers excel in academics and in life generally, they live long, gain strong relationships earlier and are usually better off financially. But there has to be a downside?

Researchers from the Duke University have identified optimists at an ordinary or extremist level can being to forget and lose are of unique interactions and lifestyle choices they face. They forget that a bill or fine will appear to them for their house or car, or any asset they own. Positivity leads to forgetfulness of things that occur in reality, or that most people would think – negativity. This sense of forgetting falls under the term Optimism Bias.

Optimism Bias describes the tendency for people to be over-optimistic about the result of particular events and actions. It leads to false sense of security, and even the forgetting of consequences of safety. Simplistic examples can include: a child overestimating his/her results in an exam and even a person overestimating job offers and salary opportunities.

Sometimes, optimism bias can exist without knowing, or falls under the category of assumed knowledge. Motorists are an example in how they believe they are safer on the roads despite their smaller size. Same with how smokers think they have a better chance of escaping smoke-related diseases. It's a scary fact that some people think in this way, but is an extremist side-effect of optimism overall or even positivity.

Positivity and negativity, a fine line between both maybe. Or can they be brought together? Either way it's in your heads, and your decision. People will accept or reject you depending on your ideas. Make a choice and respect others, don't bring them down on their own ideas for it.

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