Human Brains Are Wired to Blame Rather Than Praise

Ouch! Did you do that on purpose? Psychologists have long concluded that people tend to judge others more harshly for their negative actions—assigning fault and blame more often than praise or accolades. Now we know why. New research shows the human brain is wired to react more emotionally to the bad things people do. That’s why we tend to assign blame much faster than we give compliments. It turns out that the labels of blame and praise are processed in different parts of the brain, by different mechanisms. While blame is assigned from a very emotional place, praise comes from a more logical spot. The end result? People are more likely to assume that the good acts of others are simply happenstance, but bad things are done on purpose. The…


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