Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis

Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008 after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Her research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live.

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43 thoughts on “Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis

  1. people think what they choose to think. if they love being negative that's what they gone be. if they love being positive that's what they gone be. I'm positive by choice. negative people is a pain in ur brain. specialy when they wake up negative and go to bed stil negative. nothing u say or do can change that. I tolerated it for 28 Jr's. and never lost my positivity. by choice. that's why I'm a happy chapy.

  2. I have a question: if we were to think more about the good things that happened in a day than a bad one, so we just push the negatives out of mind? Does that help or do you still need to process the negatives and then think of the good things?

  3. not to take away from her argument, but the stock market != economy unless you're way rich. most people depend on jobs and property for wealth which havent recovered as that graph shows. but good on you and your elitist stock owning friends.

  4. Good talk but she missed out the fundamental reason why the human brain has evolved to stick with negative events/memories more than the positive ones. The human brain evolved around 10,000 years ago, back then life was pretty tough, humans with a pessimistic view on life survived because they took on less risks like venturing out on journeys for food or sightseeing. Those with positive minds often became the easy meal for the carnivores etc. it made sense then the memory of sweet fruits or food were less valuable then the memory of the narrow escape from a nasty predator. In other words it's instinctive one must learn to overcome it.

  5. but isn't the glass both half full and half empty…….. it's both at the same time… favorite answer is yes and no…… because life is both, situations are both…..if one looks at life one way and another a different way…. aren't they both existing at the same time???? The yin and yang.

  6. About the 40% jobs saved VS 60% jobs lost, they are NOT the same for all likely cases.

    For example,
    for the case of:
    [40% jobs saved, there could be 20% jobs lost and remaining 40% jobs pending, ]
    while to compare with:
    [60% jobs lost, even with 40% jobs saved,]
    it will be {20% jobs lost VS 60% jobs lost}.

  7. Our mind has a tendency to get stuck in our negative emotions. Why?? Because it’s easy. If you are stuck in your negative emotions, it is easy to blame others, it is easy to not take responsibility for what’s happening in your life, it is easy to find solace by escaping the reality by means of some external options like drugs, alcohol, etc.
    But in the end if you want to move forward in your life, a simple solution what I have found is that Positivity is a choice. The emphasis is on the word “choice” here. If you change your mindset and start looking towards everything positively then sky is the limit. So, are you brave enough to make that choice??

  8. Its a very insightful talk. But being a scientist myself in the social domain, I have found that practicing to think positively is the most challenging part. May be a good area for research would be to find ways to include techniques into school curriculum worldwide for the next generation.

  9. We are hard wired towards focusing on potential threats because most of the time human beings have been on the planet we were prey as well as predators. If the sound in the woods was the wind rustling the trees and we ignored it, no problem. However, if it turns out to be a bear and we ignore it, we were lunch. We do need to balance our lives with positivity, but it is not our natural state and we ignore the negative tendencies at our own risk.

  10. I enjoy staying negative, this way I can actually deal with life's negativity without ignoring it by staying positive. being positive is not always good, it can make you blind, besides if positivity is so natural wouldn't the physics of a magnet apply to an individual?? ofc it does. be negative attract positivity, be positive attract negativity, that's why a lot of positive people end up with a lot of negative stuff in their life and surprise surprise they ignore it because its not positive.

  11. The potential for negativity is more ubiquitous due to our unnatural thought that there are some things out of our control; simultaneously events that go against our desires and achieving the things we know we want. This science is only scratching the very superficial surface.

  12. Okay, I understand now. But I think it would have been advantageous to stick to your point and not use the glasses. Of course my own opinion.

  13. I haven't watched the whole video yet. But I'm wondering if the "test" were conducted from the glass half full or empty scenario why wouldn't you say 50% success rate or 50% failure? You skewed the odds of acceptance therefore the test is not as valid as you'd like to believe.

  14. 6:47 This woman knows nothing about the true state of the economy. Government issued graphs drawn via smoke and mirrors does not make a recovery. That's why it's call The Great Recession.

  15. This is old news…. or learning…. or teaching….

    Philippians 4:6-9King James Version (KJV)

    6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

    7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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