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The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It

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"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

Why are we devastated by a word of criticism even when it's mixed with lavish praise? Because our brains are wired to focus on the bad. This
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 31st 2019 by Penguin Press
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Jane
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great instructive book especially for our gloom and doom times. Tierney writes with compassion and insight about the instinctive ways we veer toward the negative, and how we can consciously choose otherwise. The book could be a life-saver for all sorts of relationships, including the relationship we all have with our selves.
Hannah
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice throughly research book. Has good bits of info that made me think about how I go about my own life.
Chris Boutté
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve loved the work of Roy Baumeister for a while, so I’ve been anticipating this book and it didn’t disappoint.

I’ve always been fascinated with the problem we all face of negativity bias. This book does a great job explaining it in all aspects of our lives from relationships, to consuming news, to giving criticism and much more.

Best of all, the authors prevent excellent solutions.
Jack
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected, but I really liked it. I expected it to focus on why the news is so negative. It eventually did that but it did a lot more. It also gave a lot of good ideas to keep from being overwhelmed by bad news and doomsday predictions. The all day news cycle overwhelms us with bad news, but so do educators, government bureaucrats and even our friends and family. Things are much much better than people think. They just can’t fight their way through the noise and fog to ...more
Joonas Kiminki
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very insightful book about the negativity effect that affects how we interpret the world. Well written, on point and overall a pleasure to read. The book contains a nice array of examples and 'case studies', and to my surprise, the stories were not all familiar and cited in various other books I've read.

I would gladly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding (or willing to improve skills in dealing with) other people, relationships, leadership, parenting, online communities,
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Shelves: social-science
I think the author overstated his thesis.
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John Marion Tierney is a journalist who has worked for the New York Times since 1990.

Tierney writes a science column, Findings, and the TierneyLab blog for the Times. The TierneyLab takes a contrarian view about science and society:
The Lab's work is guided by two founding principles:
1. Just because an idea appeals to a lot of people doesn't mean it's wrong.
2. But that's a good working theory.
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