In the midst of a pandemic and global economic upheaval, there are rays of light. We are heartened by the surge of entrepreneurialism from businesses responding to new circumstances and welcome the repeal of #NeverNeeded regulations that stand in the way of a healthier, stronger, more resilient society. But the news is overwhelmingly negative and our brains are hard wired to focus on the bad. This negativity bias made evolutionary sense but it distorts rational thinking in the modern world.

Join CEI for a dose of optimism and online discussion about The Power of Bad, “the most important book at the borderland of psychology and politics,” with coauthors John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister. In The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It, Tierney and Baumeister examine how our negative predisposition explains blunders at all levels – from personal slip ups to international crises and political disasters. Fortunately, we can learn to leverage and overcome this tendency.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Roy F. Baumeister, The Power of Bad coauthor
John Tierney, The Power of Bad coauthor
Kent Lassman, CEI President


Questions? Email [email protected]

Roy F. Baumeister is an eminent social scientist, coauthor of Willpower, and a research psychologist at the University of Queensland who studies why normal adults think, feel, and act as they do. He is especially known for his work on the self and identity, the negativity effect, social rejection and the need to belong, self-control, self-esteem, and how people find meaning in life.

John Tierney is a renowned science writer, coauthor of Willpower, a contributing editor to City Journal, and the Findings columnist for the New York Times. He was the 2014 recipient of CEI’s Julian L. Simon Memorial Award. His writing has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Physics.

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