How Optimism Bias Could Be Impacting COVID Spread, Build More Meaningful Relationships By Understanding Your Social Patterns

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Research shows that the quality and structure of our relationships have a great impact on our personal and professional lives. We talk with the author of a new book about how to create high-quality connections in your life by figuring out what kind of socializer you are. We also talk about how optimism bias might reduce the amount of perceived risk a person feels in something like a pandemic.

Featured in this Show

  • Which Social Category Fits You Best, And How You Can Improve Your Relationships

    Our guest says identifying how you socialize best can help with loneliness, networking, and strengthening human connections.

  • Revisiting Optimism Bias At This Point In The Pandemic

    The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, spread–in part–by people disregarding recommendations from public health experts. One way to explain this behavior is a psychological tendency known as optimism bias. We talk to psychologist about the tendency and methods to counteract the behavior.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Marissa King Guest
  • Marie Helweg-Larsen Guest

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