This episode is part five of our six-part series on cognitive biases and how they affect our spending habits and financial decisions. (Make sure you check out part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 if you haven’t yet.) In this episode, Coach Kelsa discusses how the Negativity Bias is impacting the way we define ourselves with money, our desire to make lifelong changes, and the way we see our past decisions with money.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The Negativity Bias – what it is and how it’s being used to affect your decision-making
  • How this shows up on a regular basis
  • How it impacts the way you feel about money and see yourself as a money manager
  • How you can overcome this bias
  • The impact of the Negativity Bias on marriage

How to overcome the negativity bias:

  • Solution 1: Positive self-talk: “The single most important underlying factor is….how we talk to ourselves about our experience.” Value all the good and positive aspects of your life so that you are not overcome by the negative. Talk to yourself as if you were talking to a friend.
  • Solution 2: Avoid over-analyzing by not overthinking decisions you’ve made. We can always find fault or imperfections. Instead, try creating a playlist of music that makes you happy or read a good book when you find yourself beginning to overanalyze.
  • Solution 3: Try to look at decisions and ask yourself “What did I do right and what will I repeat next time?” and “What would I like to do differently next time?”
  • Solution 4: Focus on the idea that our money is something we should be curious about- we should experiment and try new things and challenge ourselves. Our goal is to make progress and not be perfect.