Hi, I'm Nick. I just graduated from college. I have a job in education for a year and then I will be going to Emerson for graduate education in publishing. Generally, my (largely reblogged) topics include marxist philosophy, feminism, semiotics, literary theory, quite a bit of humor, and anything else that comes along. I'm also trying to change my self-conception by blogging positively under the tag "positive identity."

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The Optimism Bias - Tali Sharot

"Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side — and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial."

Personal Notes:

-It is statistically impossible for everyone to be above average in everything and yet that is an exceedingly common assumption.

-People’s self-serving biases cause them to interpret events in ways that reinforce their self schemas. For people with high self expectations, failures are attributed to situational forces and successes as being caused by dispositional forces. For people with low self expectations, it’s the opposite.

-People with mild depression have a more accurate outlook of the future.

-Optimism, though inaccurate, can make us healthier by relieving stress.

-People learn positive information about their future more readily and remember it more strongly than negative information.

-Like optical illusions, the optimism bias is not shattered by having knowledge of it which means that with balance, we can retain the benefits of optimism and curb the consequences with careful planning and thoughtful foresight.