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Optimism Bias

Optimism bias (or the optimistic bias) is a cognitive bias that causes someone to believe that they themselves are less likely to experience a negative event. It is also known as unrealistic optimism or comparative optimism.

Optimism bias is common and transcends gender, ethnicity, nationality, and age.


Optimistic biases are even reported in animals such as rats and birds. However, autistic people are less susceptible to optimistic biases.

Optimism Bias - illustration

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