The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us – and How We Can Rule It with Roy Baumeister Pt 2

Roy F. Baumeister is one of the world’s most prolific and influential psychologists. He has published well over 500 scientific articles and more than 30 books. In 2013, he received the highest award given by the Association for Psychological Science, the William James Fellow Award, in recognition of his lifetime achievements.  He is currently the Eppes Eminent Scholar and a professor of psychology at Florida State University, and he holds distinguished visiting professorships at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and VU University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His 2011 book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength (with John Tierney) was a New York Times bestseller, and he has appeared on several television shows.

In Part 2 of this episode, Roy and I discuss overcoming the power of Bad, negativity bias, and negative impact on wellbeing. We talk about why, while we live better today than ever before in history, we’re full of more anxiety and worry than ever. To respond to the power of Bad, Roy suggests that we look for the positive things in life. He shares the power of living a low-Bad diet, not trying to be perfect, and focusing instead on being good enough. We also discuss the importance of focusing on the big picture.


“Don’t try to be perfect. Perfection is associated with all sorts of mental illnesses and anxieties and problems. Focus on being good enough.”
– Roy F. Baumeister

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • The power of Bad
  • Overcoming anxiety and worry
  • The power of looking for the positive things
  • Being good enough vs being perfect
  • Focusing on the big picture

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