Why Am I Always Taking Out the Trash?

These days, when I zone out from chattering news and polarising quibbles of Twitter, I read John Tierney and Roy Baumeister’s fascinating The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. When I’m not in the mood for fiction or epic journeys, that is.

Even though much of psychology lies in ruins and it’s hard to trust results from that field, I admire Tierney and choose to take his word for it; if he writes about some experiment or psychological result, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. With Roy Baumeister, a respected…