Scientists at Israel’s Tel Aviv University have found a cure for Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino’s aversion to media’s “negative reporting”. The result of a recent study revealed that repeated exposure to negativity rather than shying away from it is the trick to avoiding falling into a bad mood. Here are some excerpts from their study:
…new research by Dr. Moshe Shay Ben-Haim, Yaniv Mama, Michal Icht, and Daniel Algom of Tel Aviv University’s School of Psychological Sciences now reveals that repeated exposure to a negative event neutralizes its effect on your mood and your thinking. The study, published in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, has broad implications for understanding our emotions.
“A bad mood is known to slow cognition,” says Dr. Ben-Haim. “We show that, counterintuitively, you can avoid getting into a bad mood in the first place by dwelling on a negative event. If you look at the newspaper before you go to work and see a headline about a bombing or tragedy of some kind, it’s better to read the article all the way through and repeatedly expose yourself to the negative information. You will be freer to go on with your day in a better mood and without any negative effects.”
Well, it turns out that the popular thinking that we should avoid “negative” or “bad” news if we don’t want to get upset has the opposite effect on our mood. The likelihood of having a better day ahead of them is higher when people constantly expose themselves to negative information.
The reason for this is because people eventually become immune to bad news. This is not hard to believe considering humans go through different sets of moods during the day. Basically, when people introduce themselves to bad news first thing in the morning for example, the bad mood is more likely to turn into a good mood for the rest of the day.
Of course some of us didn’t need confirmation from scientists to know that BS Aquino was wrong in telling the media to stop reporting the facts about his government’s incompetence. Some of us knew that it was another one of his lame attempts at putting others down to make himself look good. He blamed his critics in the media for why the men and women in his administration receive bad publicity. It’s as if he and his appointees are all doing a perfect job.
It is obvious that BS Aquino is a very sensitive person. It seems he was not taught to take things with a grain of salt at a young age. One wonders what kind of upbringing the President had. He is not used to accepting negative feedback from other people. That is unfortunate because he has an enormous responsibility and the public has the right to know how he and his staff are conducting themselves. He should realize that the public has a say in how he runs the country and he should be open to suggestions and other ideas coming from other people.
Some of those who give BS Aquino unsolicited advice are experts in their own field of studies. Academics and professionals possess the necessary credentials and credibility when they say that the President of the Philippines is doing a very, very bad job. After all, prior to entering the public sector, BS Aquino only had short stints in supervisory positions in the private sector. He could have acquired those jobs through friends and relatives even, which could mean he didn’t get hired on account of his own merits.
In other words, BS Aquino didn’t really have a lot of experience managing people in the past. His inexperience in dealing with the members of his staff is evident whenever he refuses to fire his own appointees who have not performed their duties well. It doesn’t help that there are conflicts-of-interest that are at work preventing him from acting more decisively. If only he avoided appointing his own friends and close allies to sensitive posts, he wouldn’t act like such a wus.
It’s ironic that a bunch of people belonging to a media group called Bulong Pulungan accorded BS Aquino the title “Man of Steel” during a recent gathering. It was also in the same event where the President labeled some members of the media too negative. He doesn’t even have the power to shrug-off criticism directed towards himself or his staff. It has become apparent that giving him the title could be another publicity stunt to jack up his popularity ratings up. Instead of “man of steel”, they should refer to him as the man who helped men and women steal from the taxpayers.
While BS Aquino insists that the decline in his trust rating doesn’t bother him, the fact that he had to mention it is already an indication that it does bother him and is not important. But at the same time, he also made a wishful thinking when he said, “maybe it will rebound”. And of course, if his trust rating does rebound, he and his minions will emphasize its importance once again.
It’s quite doubtful that President BS Aquino would heed the advice of Israel’s top scientists in fixing his attitude towards his critics. He prefers to live in his own fantasy world and make believe that the people see that he is doing the right thing. He does give meaning to the word delusional.
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