BLUFThe author of this article argues that ‘defensive pessimism’ can help people—especially those who suffer anxiety—improve positive thinking and decision-making.
This article by Eyal Winter, and printed in Neuroscience News, makes the following points:
- Positive psychology is a tool used by psychologists to focus on enhancing the happiness of mentally healthy people.
- However, rather than relieving the mental pain and trauma— positive thinking might have a negative side.
- Ultimately, positive psychology suggests we avoid focusing too much on regrets about the past or worrying about the future.
- But humans are hardwired by evolution to live in the past and the future.
- Human survival relies on learning and planning.
- You can’t learn without living in the past, and you can’t plan without thinking about the future.
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References from the Web:
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- Article Source: Neuroscience News
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