Have you ever heard a piece of good news and some bad news and wondered why you are more influence by the bad one? Even if you hear the good word first, you constantly think about the coming unpleasant message and subconsciously prepare for it.
They say, “Grief overpowers happiness.” Yes, it’s not just you thinking that. Is it that, or is it just that I am a pessimistic person? No dear, the game played in the delicate circuits of your mind is more interesting than you think.
There are specific areas in our brain called the reward and punishment centers. When the "Reward centers" are excited, the person feels pleasure and a sense of reward. In contrast, when the "Punishment centers" are stimulated, a feeling of displeasure, pain, fear, or terror is felt. The noteworthy thing is that when the reward centers are activated, they do not influence the punishment centers of the brain. However, when the punishment centers are activated, they also simultaneously inhibit the reward centers. It demonstrates that pain and grief take precedence over pleasure.
It means, when we hear the bad news after the good news, we are inhibiting our reward centers, and although we have similar reasons for both feelings, we are letting our brain be more to the sad side of the story.
So next time, try having the bad news first and ditch that cunning punishment center of yours!
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