How negativity and other errors of reasoning influence our world
Our society is permeated with negativism: the media publish predominantly bad news, the education system focuses on avoiding failure and employees are mainly told what they are not doing well. The result is an epidemic of burn-outs, depression, intolerance and narcissism. Negativity thinking has far-reaching consequences for our society. It creates political turmoil and leads to a decline in solidarity, creativity and well-being, even though we are living in the safest and most prosperous period in human history.
How did we get into this negativity delusion? Why are we so massively blinded? The reasons can be found in the limitations of human thinking. By nature, people have a brain that alarms, is inclined towards short-term thinking and self-overestimation and has a sensitive antenna for danger. Historically this was important for survival, but in modern times it increasingly stands in our way. Particularly now that technology is bounding ahead and the consequences of our flawed reasoning are continuing to grow.
Fortunately, recent insights gained from brain sciences and psychological research provide indicators for turning the tide. Innovative movements within the fields of journalism, education and business are pointing the way to new, more constructive forms of co-existence. So everyone can make a contribution.