Emotional Rx: Overcoming the Brain’s Negativity Bias

Rick Hanson’s Simple Approach for Taking in the Good

Rick Hanson, the best-selling author of Buddha’s Brain, sets the stage for the need to counteract our brain’s inborn, evolutionary tendency to interpret negative experiences as threats to survival.

Instead, he offers concrete methods for helping people translate positive experiences—both inside and outside the consulting room—into enduring internal resources that are at the core of therapeutic healing.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist with an interest in the intersection of psychology, neurology, and Buddhism, and an invited presenter at Oxford, Stanford, and the University of California at Berkeley. He’s the author of 15 books, including Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom. This clip is taken from his session in our brain science video course:

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