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When is it good to believe bad things?

  • Joshua M. Ackerman (a1), Jenessa R. Shapiro (a2) and Jon K. Maner (a3)

Positive and negative misbeliefs both may have evolved to serve important adaptive functions. Here, we focus on the role of negative misbeliefs in promoting adaptive outcomes within the contexts of romantic relationships and intergroup interactions. Believing bad things can paradoxically encourage romantic fidelity, personal safety, competitive success, and group solidarity, among other positive outcomes.

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