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The Power of Bad

How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It
Lu par : Paul Bellantoni
Durée : 8 h et 9 min
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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 the 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 negativity effect explains things great and small: why countries blunder into disastrous wars, why couples divorce, why people flub job interviews, how schools fail students, why football coaches stupidly punt on fourth down. All day long, the power of bad governs people’s moods, drives marketing campaigns, and dominates news and politics.

Eminent social scientist Roy F. Baumeister stumbled unexpectedly upon this fundamental aspect of human nature. To find out why financial losses mattered more to people than financial gains, Baumeister looked for situations in which good events made a bigger impact than bad ones. But his team couldn’t find any. Their research showed that bad is relentlessly stronger than good, and their paper has become one of the most cited in the scientific literature.

Our brain’s negativity bias makes evolutionary sense because it kept our ancestors alert to fatal dangers, but it distorts our perspective in today’s media environment. The steady barrage of bad news and crisismongering makes us feel helpless and leaves us needlessly fearful and angry. We ignore our many blessings, preferring to heed - and vote for - the voices telling us the world is going to hell. 

But once we recognize our negativity bias, the rational brain can overcome the power of bad when it’s harmful and employ that power when it’s beneficial. In fact, bad breaks and bad feelings create the most powerful incentives to become smarter and stronger. Properly understood, bad can be put to perfectly good use.

As noted science journalist John Tierney and Baumeister show in this wide-ranging book, we can adopt proven strategies to avoid the pitfalls that doom relationships, careers, businesses, and nations. Instead of despairing at what’s wrong in your life and in the world, you can see how much is going right - and how to make it still better.

©2019 John Tierney, Roy F. Baumeister (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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“Blood, boils, death, and darkness: Why does bad always loom so much larger than good? Blame the design of the human mind. In their fascinating new book, Tierney and Baumeister explain why the things we like the least affect us the most, and how we can use this fact to our advantage. The Power of Bad is just damn good!” (Daniel Gilbert, Harvard College professor of psychology and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness)

“We all have an inner Cassandra, Eeyore­, Grumpy, Sad Sack, Mr. Worry, Nervous Nellie, and Gloomy Gus. This fascinating look at the negativity bias by one of our most creative psychologists and liveliest science writers can enlighten your understanding of human nature, restore balance to your world view, and yes, cheer you up.” (Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Enlightenment Now)

The Power of Bad is that rare book that captures a broad swath of human thinking and behavior in one overarching and compelling thesis: The negative has a larger impact on us than the positive. That is an observation with wide-ranging implications for just about everything, including relationships, parenting, marketing, motivation, and management. Baumeister and Tierney show how you can harness this fundamental aspect of human psychology to your benefit - turning the power of bad into a force for good.” (Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., author of iGen)

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  • Wayne
  • 06/01/2020

Another outstanding social psychology book!

Much of THE POWER OF BAD is about the ground breaking research of social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister but this book goes further as contrarian journalist John Tierney provides his helpful insight. More on Tierney later. The first two decades of the twenty-first century have been the golden years of social psychology thanks in large part to the contributions of such people as Baumeister, Jonathan Haidt (The Happiness Hypothesis, The Righteous Mind, and The Coddling of the American Mind) and Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life, Maps of Meaning, and his video series). The publisher's summary and the critics reviews of The Power of Bad constitute a better review of the book than I could write so just read them. Coauthor John Tierney wrote science articles and a science blog named TierneyLab for the New York Times for two decades ending in 2009. When he left the NYT my sole reason for reading the newspaper left with him. There was simply no common sense left there. I can still read his work on City Journal and in an occasional post on my favorite blog. Tierney's writing style and his opinions shine through in The Power of Bad. The narration of Paul Bellantoni is wonderful. He brings the same enthusiasm audio book narration he brought to singing opera.

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  • Christoph
  • 04/02/2020

meh

I found the excerpt from this book in The Atlantic insightful and profound, and decided the read the whole book. The authors have some interesting and useful information into negativity bias when they stick closely to psychology research. But then they spend the last several chapters using generalist arguments to try to explain everything in the world. The vastly oversimplified history of religion in the US was especially annoying. There were a couple of good long form article's worth of information in here, not a book.

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  • Mitch
  • 15/01/2020

There are a number of gems buried within.

the content is well written and will performed. it does drag at times, buy there a lot of good material throughout.

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  • D-mom
  • 29/09/2020

Intriguing and fitting given today’s backdrop

I found this book to be very enlightening and full of useful perspective to help us frame today’s largely negative backdrop in a different way. Absolutely worth reading. I’ve recommended it to several people already.

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  • Rex
  • 12/09/2020

read this book (or listen, rather)

it should be required reading in school. that's all I need to say but I had to add more words to submit this.

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  • scott
  • 05/09/2020

The book we all need in 2020....

or whenever you read this. Very power read about debunking your mind of needless clutter and worry.

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  • gil benmoshe
  • 27/06/2020

behavioral economics with a libertarian stench

the book makes a very compelling case for questioning our fixation with negativity. This is an important and almost revolutionary book in terms of what it dares to question and the extent of the conclusions we could draw from it. personally, I had a hard time with a few of its conclusions, but that is not to say that it is wrong. in my perspective, if you were to take this book to its logical conclusion you'd think that most people do not have much to complain about, they just think they do. that depression and suicide are logical fallacies, and demands for social change are a waste of time. The author is right in many ways and has lots of empirical data to support his view, But the problem remains that a mother with 3 children who lost one of them to a tragic accident is still going to be much less happy than a mother that only gave birth to one child, even though she technically has more children. The book fails to review the power of bad in creating a sense of meaning in people's lives, as well as in literature and art. I wonder if there could be a second addition.

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  • Wainer Guimaraes
  • 31/05/2020

With few at the top of my list of must be read.

The central thesis is backed up by thorough research. Various arguments I already tried to live under, but now it sealed with scientific research I did not think I needed. Amazing book. ONE BAD comment; this may become my downfall in my 99% of gratitude for this book: Why give Trump as one bad example? Why not stay away from the bad? If militant Republicans read it, I am not militant and neither a Republican or s Demicrat, millions may not read it because of such a BAD comment. Why? Perhaps it proves the Power of Bad in the authors souls too.

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  • Hal
  • 18/05/2020

I wish this book had been available to read before

I focused too much on the wrong things, worried too much about things I shouldn't have, and missed joys that I should not have missed. My deep thanks to Tierney and Baumeister.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 27/04/2020

Learned so much

Very good, highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about negativity bias and effective strategies to make it work for you not against you.

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  • Mitchi
  • 30/09/2020

A Solid book.

Overall a solid book. Gets a bit repetitive and kinda loosing himself in Storys.