Psycho Wednesday #3 Pollyannaism




„The Pollyanna principle (also called Pollyannaism or positivity bias) is the tendency for people to focus on pleasant items more accurately than unpleasant ones. Research indicates that at the subconscious level, the mind has a tendency to focus on the optimistic; while at the conscious level, it has a tendency to focus on the negative. This subconscious bias towards the positive is often described as the Pollyanna principle.”  Thank you wikipedia.


Example from researcher’s life:
Sometimes people during test session say something like that:
“This option in application is not good for me. I don’t need this kind of option. I can live wthout it. But… I think there are some situations when it could be usefoul. For example….bla bla bla bla…. Yes, probably it is not my case, I never need this function, but is good to know that I have it!”


Be careful, this is pollyannaism!



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