Buddhas Brain. “Avoiding Involves Suffering

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As you can see, your brain has a built-in “negativity bias” (Vaish, Grossman, and Woodward 2008) that primes you for avoidance.
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This bias makes you suffer in a variety of ways.
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For starters, it generates an unpleasant background of anxiety, which for some people can be quite intense;
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anxiety also makes it harder to bring attention inward for self-awareness or contemplative practice,
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since the brain keeps scanning to make sure there is no problem.
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The negativity bias fosters or intensifies other unpleasant emotions, such as anger, sorrow, depression, guilt, and shame.
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It highlights past losses and failures, it downplays present abilities, and it exaggerates future obstacles.
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Consequently, the mind continually tends to render unfair verdicts about a person’s character, conduct, and possibilities.
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The weight of those judgments can really wear you down.
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