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There is a tendency for humans to be more sensitive to negative emotion rather than positive — something very positive will generally have less of an impact on a person's behaviour and cognition than something equally emotional but negative. For example, losing 5 dollars is more emotionally taxing than gaining 5 dollars is emotionally stimulating. This is known as negative bias.

I am trying to understand why we have evolved with such a trait — could it attributed to our evolutionary success as a species, or rather because, since there is more unknown than known (our perceptions reveal to us a fraction of the world), that the natural default position to be is more negatively-titled?

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    $\begingroup$ Opportunities for gain will usually have another chance if one is missed. But a single wrong move can mean game over. $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Feb 7, 2022 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Michael the problem comes when you meet the opportunity to avoid a wrong move $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Feb 8, 2022 at 12:39

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