TED Talk: Optimism Bias

I tend to think things are going to be worse than they actually will be. That new restaurant will suck. Somehow I will manage to total my car on the trip I have taken 27 times in the past 5 years. I knew I failed every test I took in school until I get it back with an A or B. The script is going to spectacularly fail. Even if it successfully ran the last 9 times, THIS time because I am the one hitting the button it will fail. 

For me, success is a circumstantial accident over the failure that my skill would bring. You know… Luck is behind my success not my abilities. This video made me think about Thomas from this excerpt from NurtureShock. (Another book I really need to read.) Success being described as his innate intelligence made him fear failure as it would prove his deficiencies.

If the below video does not work, then try Tali Sharot: The optimism bias.

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

P.S. I do not think I am depressed or depressive. I just have quasi-obsessive routines to ensure things work.

from Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

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