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.