Study casts doubt on claim that people are over-optimistic

For many decades scientists have believed that people have an ‘irrational optimism bias’ — a tendency to underestimate their chances of negative experiences, while overestimating their chances of positive events. A new study casts doubt over claims that people are inherently over-optimistic or ‘optimistically biased’ about the future….

For many decades scientists have believed that people have an ‘irrational optimism bias’ — a tendency to underestimate their chances of negative experiences, while overestimating their chances of positive events. A new study casts doubt over claims that people are inherently over-optimistic or ‘optimistically biased’ about the future….