Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press | ISBN 10: 0226100332 | 2006 | PDF | 336 pages | 1.3 MB
People—especially Americans—are by and large optimists. They're much better at imagining best-case scenarios (I could win the lottery!) than worst-case scenarios (A hurricane could destroy my neighborhood!). This is true not just of their approach to imagining the future, but of their memories as well: people are better able to describe the best moments of their lives than they are the worst.