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How the Brain’s Negativity Bias Impedes Change

Rick Hanson On Understanding Why We Focus On The Negative


The common link between therapy and brain science is pretty simple: Change. People come to therapy because something in their life needs to change, and for that change to happen, they need to change their brain.

So how can we, as therapists, help to facilitate that brain change?

The first step is to find a way to work around the human brain’s pesky negativity bias. In this video clip from our popular webcast series, Why Neuroscience Matters: Concrete Strategies for Your Practice, Rick Hanson defines the negativity bias and explains how it can be one of the biggest challenges to helping clients achieve the change they desire.

This is just one example of the specific links between psychotherapy and neuroscience that are explored in this series.

Want To Learn More About Brain Science And How It Relates To Your Practice?

Here’s a look at what’s covered in this 6-session series:

Dan Siegel on Interpersonal Neurobiology in the Consulting Room
Enhance your effectiveness by applying neurobiological principles to your work with clients.

Rick Hanson on How to Take in the Good: Overcoming the Brain’s Negativity Bias
Apply the insights of Positive Psychology and help clients reshape their brains.

Louann Brizendine on The Myth of the Unisex Brain
Increase your ability to attune to both male and female clients.

Michael Gelb on Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age
Increase your sense of personal and clinical possibilities.

Norman Doidge on The Brain that Changes Itself: Neuroplasticity in Clinical Practice
Explore new and challenging perspectives on the brain as a flexible muscle.

Stephen Porges on Understanding Polyvagal Theory: Emotion, Attachment, and Self-Regulation
Enhance your ability to create safety and work with traumatized clients.


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5 Responses to How the Brain’s Negativity Bias Impedes Change

  1. No wonder our jobs are so difficult and challenging. We are swimming upstream in a way, against the natural current. I would also theorize that the traumatized brain is even more attuned to the negative. Will any of the speakers cover trauma specifically as it relates to neuroplasticity?

  2. hilarylpc says:

    Isn’t there a way to listen to these for free for 24 hours after the broadcast? I don’t see how I can register for that?

    • Psychotherapy Networker says:

      The free rebroadcasts are only offered on brand new series during their initial broadcast. Since this series is now being offered for the second time, the free rebroadcasts are not available.

  3. I just love it, what Rick Hanson shortly describes. Is there a more complete description of his work available ? Where, what ? Book, article, DVD, or Youtube ? I really want to purchase anything of his approach in order to learn from him.
    Thank you in advance, and congratulations, Richard, for helping so many psychotherapists to stay awake and updated !
    Salomon.

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