THE NEGATIVITY GENE

Before I dive head first into this article I want to start by asking you the reader a question. How do you feel when you look at this picture?

Chances are that you feel a sense of calm or adventure. I mean look at it, a beautiful tropical cove with an amazing waterfall. Yet to some people this image brings to them sense of danger and are alarmed by it.

Those of you who feel unsettled by this image may have something called the NEGATIVITY GENE, or  ADRA2b gene variant.

In 2013 a study found that some people are genetically predisposed to negative thoughts, this means you automatically react with stronger with negative emotions.

“These individuals may be more likely to pick out angry faces in a crowd of people,” says Todd. “Outdoors, they might notice potential hazards — places you could slip, loose rocks that might fall — instead of seeing the natural beauty.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131010105039.htm

When shown a picture of a crowded room they honed in on angry or sad faces. So if you are naturally a negative or cautious person, you may have been born that way.

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