The Negativity Bias: Why Humans Are Born To Say No

The Negativity Bias: Why Humans Are Born To Say No

Talk
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 19:00
Spiritual
Inspiring
Alternatives says: 
Mark Matousek is an award-winning author of five books.
Description: 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND REPLACE WITH NIKKI SLADE  - please see Nikki's event here 

https://www.alternatives.org.uk/event/evening-kirtan-nikki-slade

Why is it that negative experiences impact us more deeply than positive ones? 

What is it in the human psyche that causes us to predict the worst, live in fear, and hold onto danger long after it has passed? 

The answer lies in the human brain which is hard-wired with a Negativity Bias that colors how we live our lives, what we believe is possible, how we relate to others and view ourselves. 

We have evolved to expect the worst for reasons to do with survival and safety -- positive reasons, in other words. It was more beneficial for early man, hearing a rustle in the undergrowth, to anticipate a saber-tooth tiger rather than a squirrel, for example; to imagine strangers to be enemies, first, instead of assuming the best and possibly ending up dead.

The trouble is that we are navigating 21st century life with brains formed in the Paleolithic.

In this eye-opening talk, Matousek, the authorEthical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good, explores the Negativity Bias that nature has bequeathed us, and how we can use spiritual practice to counter risk-aversion, fearfulness, and the tendency toward self-sabotage that haunts many seekers in our lives.   

About the speaker, Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is an award-winning author of five books, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True StoryThe Boy He Left Behind, When You’re Falling, Dive, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, and Ethical Wisdom for Friends. He writes regularly for Psychology TodayPurple CloverThe Huffington Post, and Contemplative Journal, and has contributed to numerous national magazines and literary anthologies.

Testimonials

"Mark Matousek is one of the most generous-spirited presenters I have worked with anywhere. I did his memoir-writing program Hollyhock in 2014 and it was a major confidence-building experience, both for my writing and for myself as a person. I found that Mark's Buddhist-inspired loving presence creates a safe space for people to delve into the most meaningful, often surprising, stories of our lives and bring them onto the written page. He is deeply attentive to each person, unconditionally accepting, and reflects back the value in your personal story."
Oriane Lee Johnston
Ex-Director of Programming, Hollyhock, Canada

"My time with Mark Matousek was adventurous, joyful, regenerative, and truly life altering. Though he claims to be a mere writing coach, I found that his gift for offering invaluable insight, targeted writing prompts, bold and blunt life strategy, as well as time for personal reflection to be more on par with a wise sage or awakened life coach. Anyone can easily feel how deeply honored he is to help people from all walks of life catalyze their own creative process. he's a total treasure and a master storyteller in his own right... Travel with him to the absolute edge of your best self and I promise that your creative life will never be the same!"
Mickaela Grace
USA

"I never thought I was a writer nor did I even attempt writing until a friend kept at me to take Mark’s workshops. Being a stubborn person who resists before plunging into anything challenging that ends up being just what I needed, I resisted for some time. Thank goodness I finally took the plunge. The workshops have been transformative for me. I found myself delving deeply into aspects of my life and digging up memories I thought were long gone. As a result, I believe that I have become a more open person and a better friend, not to mention a good writer. I am forever grateful to Mark for his time, his insights, his ability to put his finger on each person’s pulse in such a way that we all learn not only from him but from each other. He is truly a remarkable man and a great teacher."
Philippa Wehle
USA

Timetable: 
18.30
Doors open
19.00
Talk commences
20
Book Signing
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