Journal of Political Risk, Vol. 8, No. 6, June 2020
By Barbara Childs
Editor’s note: On June 4, Attorney General William Barr gave a press conference on the Black Lives Matter protests.
Attorney General William Barr was reasonable and respectful of the press at his conference. But I think it is unfortunately another example of what neuro-psychologist Rick Hanson calls “negativity bias”, an evolutionary phenomenon that “overlooks good news, highlights bad news and creates anxiety and pessimism.” In the past negativity bias worked to protect us. Now it can blind us to the present reality. Here is what I wish the Attorney General, President Trump and all our leaders would say instead. Continue reading