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Positivity versus negativity is a matter of timing

  • George Ainslie (a1) (a2)

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“Negative” emotions are never purely negative. They attract attention at the very least and often stay attractive enough to make rehearsing them an addictive activity. As the authors point out, they also counteract a relentless tendency for positive emotions to become boring. Analysis in terms of reward suggests why this tendency occurs and how symbiosis with negative emotions may arise, in art and in life.

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Positivity versus negativity is a matter of timing

  • George Ainslie (a1) (a2)

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