Ever wonder why people are so eager to embrace the upside of research, predictions and scientific studies, but often blind to the negative views derived from such findings? A fascinating report on NPR this morning explains this optimism bias.
The report looks at this phenomenon in the context of obesity—how we think everyone else has bad eating habits but not our own families. But it isn’t too hard to see how this condition colors our views in other areas — e.g., retirement planning, spousal fidelity, even gun safety.
A takeaway from the report: It takes much more than laws to address public health problems; a big challenge for those trying to change the status quo is simply getting people to see how their conduct fits into the larger scheme of things.
See what you think.