Genes and Negativity: What are the Advantages?

Have you ever pointed out a problem or encouraged finding a solution, only to be called negative? I'd like to point out the value of that "negativity." It can be the first step to vision. Every parent knows that you develop a sixth sense, becoming aware of anything that might be harmful to your child, starting with child-proofing your home.

But did you know there is research on the genetics of negativity? This article is about the latest research into the gene identified as a source of negativity, and mentions a couple of its effects. It's an interesting read. The points about emotional memory from prior research, and now real-time perception (and racial differences in the gene responsible) are intriguing.

Is there a reproductive advantage that has made this gene difference so prevalent? Probably so: Recognizing potential threats! Next time someone thinks you're negative, have some fun. Talk about The Power of Negativity and maybe you will feel more positive about being negative... or something like that. As time goes by, we will feel less bashful about discussing genetic advantages and disadvantages that are prevalent in different ethnicities.

Since this "negativity gene" is so prevalent in Caucasians, could it be that it has been advantageous to that group in some ways? Survival in a cold climate? Look at the children's stories from European history--so often the moral of the story is about awful threats and being prepared,and the consequences are often terrible. Of the sciences that are soft because they are so hard to fathom (like psychology, because the brain is relatively inaccessible to research), evolutionary psychology is largely about controversial speculation.

Well, here's more fuel for discussion...

Science Daily: Genes Predispose Some People to Focus On the Negative Oct. 10, 2013 — A new study by a University of British Columbia researcher finds that some people are genetically predisposed to see the world darkly...