How the Brain’s Negativity Bias Impedes Change

Rick Hanson On Understanding Why We Focus On The Negative

The common link between therapy and brain science is pretty simple: Change. People come to therapy because something in their life needs to change, and for that change to happen, they need to change their brain.

So how can we, as therapists, help to facilitate that brain change?

The first step is to find a way to work around the human brain’s pesky negativity bias. In this video, Rick Hanson defines the negativity bias and explains how it can be one of the biggest challenges to helping clients achieve the change they desire.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Rich Simon

Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day. 

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness (Harmony, 2016), Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), Just One Thing Card Deck (PESI, 2018), and Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002).  He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs.