Why So Many Newspapers and Websites Are So Relentlessly Negative and Depressing

The psychologist Paul Rozin points out that the negative trumps the positive in many ways….Other scholars, in the paper titled “Bad Is Stronger Than Good,” summarized the evidence as follows:

“Bad emotions, bad parents, and bad feedback have more impact than good ones, and bad information is processed more thoroughly than good. The self is more motivated to avoid bad self-definitions than to pursue good ones. Bad impressions and bad stereotypes are quicker to form and more resistant to disconfirmation than good ones.”

—From the book Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman.

Page one heads and decks in today’s Washington Post:
Abuses are alleged in body cavity searches
Violated rights
Sidestepped rules
Brennan vows to fight ‘abuses’
Mourning the loss
Feud over pastor
Deflect blame
Traumatized travelers
Effectiveness of such counterattacks
Scandal-battered church
Seeks to distance itself from Trump
Crisis of faith
Weather report: Thunderstorms
Washington Post motto: Democracy Dies in Darkness

Page one in sports:
No good in a loss so bad it’s ugly
After latest horror show, season feels officially dead

Metro section:
When the need arises, let families find you in the Funeral Services Directory

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