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Lay Off the False Optimism

Monday, March 23, 2009

The human brain is conveniently wired so that when thinking about a fearful prospect such as being downsized, one is quickly reassured by the reasoning that it's much more likely to happen to someone else rather than oneself. The unfortunate truth is that this belief is a coping mechanism rather than a reflection of reality.

A recent study found that employees remain surprisingly confident about retaining their own jobs despite evidence to the contrary. Though 52 percent of em


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