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Negativism & Cultural Influence 

However, I think this cynical enduring pessimism goes far beyond economic reports, and is really a reflection of culture spawned through the modern news media and online dialogue that is message boards, blogs and social & political commentary.

It just has been hip, financially beneficial and downright uncreatively easy to take the negative angle regarding any subject for the last decade. Now I am not saying that one should ignore reality at all costs, read Dr. Norman Vincent Peale`s The Power of Positive Thinking, and think everything is rosy in the world that we live in. But by the same token it seems equally, and even less beneficial in some respects to always look real hard for negatives at the expense of acknowledging the complete picture in any thorough going analysis.

For instance, these are strengths in the report, these are the weaknesses of the report, but overall the big picture is telling us that this is a good economic report. Versus the trend today is too ignore anything good in an economic report, find a negative, push this angle for all it`s worth, and celebrate one`s ‘critical thinking’ abilities, and maybe even make a name for oneself in the all-important media landscape.

Negative Behavioralism

In short, one can always look hard enough and point out some kind of negative, because as negatives go, they often are the result of necessary tradeoffs for the positives in this world, even in highly productive and efficient operating systems.

It isn`t lost the fact that people seem to like to hear negative stuff, they seem to revel in it at times, it sure seems to sell by the news produced in this country for the last 50 years, it almost provides entertainment drama that somehow is lacking in people`s daily lives.

However, the evolutionary goal for humans is to best understand how their environment is actually functioning, in order to better adapt to this environment, or change this environment where possible, and improve quality of life as a species and civilization.

So you’re a rebel, a real devil`s advocate, go against the grain for the sake of going against the grain type individual, yep you found the negative, good for you! But is your analysis the best approximation for what is going on in the world, or has it become second nature to always see the negative in everything that you analyze from a behavioral standpoint?

Have you become conditioned to always see the negative at the expense of missing the bigger picture? By focusing solely on the negative, is your world view the best explanation for what is actually occurring in the world? Has your ‘Negativeness’ become reflexive and ‘lazy intellectualism’? 

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