Blame it on our brain's warning system, the amygdala, which causes us to focus on bad news instead of good. Unfortunately, this survival instinct trumps the truth-that the industrialized world has never been safer. From Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler.
These days, we are saturated with information. We have millions of news outlets competing for our mind share. And how do they compete? By vying for the amygdala's attention. The old newspaper saw "If it bleeds, it leads" works because the first stop that all incoming information encounters is an organ already primed to look for danger. We're feeding a fiend. Pick up the Washington Post and compare the number of positive to negative stories. If your experiment goes anything like mine, you'll find that over 90 percent of the articles are pessimistic. Quite simply, good news doesn't catch our attention. Bad news sells because the amygdala is always looking for something to fear.Read More »from Are We Biologically Programmed to Be Pessimists?