Study reveals that Filipinos like PNoy should welcome negativity and bad news to get in a good mood

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.”

Turn that frown upside down with negative info!
Turn that frown upside down with negative info!
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.

President BS Aquino's worst nightmare
President BS Aquino’s worst nightmare
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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Sea Bee
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It doesn’t seem to matter who is president. The fleecing of the treasury goes on and on. The infrastructure and resources available for our mushrooming population are pathetically inadequate. We can’t afford to build our own highways? We have to bring in foreign investors who will charge tolls? Where does that 12.5% VAT tax go? I shudder to think what it will be like after the masses place Manny on the throne.

Chrissie
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I really highly suspect that you’re Ricky Carandang, kathniel, and that you actually know the truth about Aquino but you’re bluffing us here because it’s your job to make your boss look good or to at least neutralize his bad press in exchange for an indecent pay, but for the sake of the other GRP readers, please know that it’s true that Aquino didn’t have a lot of experience managing people in the past, despite his having been an “executive assistant, congressman, and senator.” He does not know how to relate with people, for which reason, among other reasons, that… Read more »
libertas
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the world pays its respects to a true ‘ man of steel’ – nelson mandela –
Vision
Conviction
Intellect
Inspirational
Courage
Humble/humility
Forgiving
Empathy
Approachable
Honest
Dignified
Unifying

The polar opposite of pnoy aquino – ‘man of cotton wool’
who can only get meaningless awards from a group of elderly hacks! sum up the joke that pnoy aquino is

Johnny Derp
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Updated the list of Mr. Aquino’s blunders 1.unconstitutional EO No’s.1 & 2 2.Samar & Balay group conflict inside Malacanang 3. bungled hostage rescue 4. blatant lie about the $430 million MCC grant 5. wrongful deportation of 14 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China 6.Cojuangco-Aquino SCTex multi million deal 7. favoring KKK to high government positions 8. release of morong 43 9. denying clemency to 100 old and sick prisoners despite PPP’s recommendation but pardons a dead man 10.failed promise to prioritize FOI Bill 11.misleading polls by own kins’ survey firms Asia Pulse & SWS 12. Hacienda Luisita/SCTex illegal toll fee 13.ineffective… Read more »
libertas
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Ninoy and cory aquino would never have got the dr spock award for parental behaviour/child upbringing.
They certainly managed to produce a litter of psychological disasters, and turned the only boy/runt of the litter, into a mummys boy with severe anxiety and social issues, let alone his sexuality and inability to relate to people, or even get a date.

ChinoF
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Sometimes I wonder if the people who are more fond of “positive messages” and immerse themselves in so many inspirational messages and post them on Facebook are the ones who are more depressed – which is why they try to look to the inspirational messages to try and cheer themselves up. It actually shows that they do not know how to deal with negativity the right way. It’s like that song by Parokya ni Edgar, Buloy. He was the one who was cheerful, the one giving advice and the one seen as strong by his friends… and in the end,… Read more »
Sanzo
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First of all, I didn’t knew that bad news actually reverses things..wow..talk about reverse psychology perhaps? or maybe that’s just how our human nature is. I’m fascinated. It would be interesting to read more. Anyway, Man of Steel? As in Superman? …holy crap..>_< I'll have what their smoking…maybe Man of Steal would be fit because of that PDAF/DAP and whatever pork barrel shit crap issue lol. If they are dubbing him that, don't forget that Superman had a Kryptonite that beat him…it's only a matter of time. Politicians have it easy I guess..they still get paid no matter what..whether they… Read more »
Hyden Toro
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Mr. Aquino was born with a “silver spoon” in his mouth. In early adulthood; he was pampered by “katulong”. He never excelled in school. No leadership experience or talent. By managing, Hacienda Luisita. It is almost bankrupt now. It is only in politics, that he had a good opening. Filipino voters are very naive; to famous family names,
popular people, show biz people,etc…never mind their academic credentials , talents, skills ,or work experiences. His conscience is being bothered, for the lies and frauds; he had given to voters. THis made him sensitive to criticism.

libertas
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Pnoy aquino clearly doesn’t realise that each time he cries about bad press and only wanting to hear ‘good news’, it makes people reiterate the facts which are the basis for the ‘bad press’, and it makes him seem like a weak little mummy’s boy. Oh wait, he is.

his legacy will live on in management/leadership courses as a prime example of everything you should not be/do.

libertas
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It is also the international press which are unimpressed by pnoy aquino The Economist – aug 2013 “…. graft remains the bane of the Philippines. The country still ranks as one of the most corrupt in South-East Asia. Since taking power in 2010, Benigno Aquino, the Philippines’ president, has led a half-hearted campaign against fraud. His neat election slogan, “If there’s no corruption, there’s no poverty”, won him the presidency, because it suggested a tidy solution to the country’s two biggest problems. But for three years his efforts have consisted of little else than the arrest and prosecution of his… Read more »
Gerry
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“Hi I’m Richard Dawson and Survey says!”. “Bonk, no I am so sorry, your wrong again…but I am still going to kiss and grab your wife and daughter!. Survey says!”.

libertas
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Philippines aid scandal – thieving scum “Crucial aid sent from Britain to help the victims of typhoon- ravaged areas of the Philippines is being siphoned off and sold for profit by corrupt local officials. Emergency supplies delivered by military helicopters have turned up on the shelves of shops in affluent districts of the capital Manila – hundreds of miles from the disaster zone. And shelter equipment purchased using British donations has been locked up in government warehouses and stockpiled alongside rice and other food intended for victims of last month’s catastrophe” Daily mail 8 dec 2013 pnoy can stick his… Read more »
brianitus
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Ilda,

Bottom line is this: Unless government controls media, they can’t really do anything about bad press. What’s even more surprising is, after 3 years of being president, this is still an issue for PNoy. Talk about personal growth.

And yeah, reading all of the bad news makes you numb. However, if you are in government, you can only suck it in and use it as way to look for things to improve.

Cheers!

libertas
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Pnoy aquino’s dislike of criticism stems from a lifelong attempt to hide the truth, live a secretive life, exaggerate his abilities, and have the mental equivalent of body dysmorphia. Classic signs of borderline/narcissistic personality disorder. Criticism exposes the flaws and threatens to crack the carefully crafted veneer/image, exposing the reality of a nonentity, a non-achiever, a loner, and a gay in the closet, who lurches from cock up to cock up. Pnoy aquino has lived his life as one big lie and so no surprise that he doesn’t have a shred of integrity, decency, or empathy. Only jealousy which turns… Read more »