Conscious Bias Test

Understand your capacity to overemphasize negative experiences


Conscious Negativity Bias is the capacity for enhancing a mindset of positivity and not magnifying negative thoughts. It is associated with choosing the most appropriate response to negative threats.

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What does a high score mean?

People who score highly for Conscious Negativity Bias tend to consciously tune in to more of the positive aspects of things around them, and also regulate their thoughts and feelings that has emphasize positive aspects. They are also more emotionally healthy and tend to have fewer periods of having low mood, stress and anxiety.


What does a low score mean?

People with a low score for Conscious Negativity Bias tend to consciously tune in to the negative aspects of a situation and concentrate on those aspects more than the positive ones. They may also go about regulating their thoughts and emotions with more of an emphasis on the negative than positive emotional aspects. They may also experience more periods of low mood, and experience higher levels of stress and anxiety.

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What You Need to Know About Conscious Negativity Bias


Conscious negativity bias can be understood as the tendency to see the “cup half empty” rather than the “cup half full.”It can rise in times of uncertainty and discouragement. It’s a disproportionate focus on problems rather than opportunity. It’s also highly contagious — one very negative person can disrupt an entire group or team.

Our “fight or flight” response gets activated by negative emotions, which can trigger a physical, defensive response, rather than a controlled one. Our ability to reason is thus impaired by negative emotions, and we are impelled by these emotions to address and magnify perceived threats.

Conversely, when positive emotions arise, they trigger a “reward-seeking” function that inspires mind expansion, flexible decision-making, connecting with others, and compassion.

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