4 Reasons Why People Are Addicted to Negativity

Written by on December 17, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 14 Comments

4 Reasons Why People Are Addicted to Negativity

Have you ever wondered why certain people in your life cling to negativity?  We all know a few individuals who never seem to have anything positive to say.  It’s as if they are addicted to negativity!

The truth of the matter is that negativity is indeed addictive!  It is a habitual behavior that can help people avoid short-term pain while simultaneously providing short-term pleasure, just as any addictive substance would.

Here are a few reasons why people are addicted to negativity:

1. It’s what’s familiar:

Many of us have been raised to be somewhat negative.  As we’ve grown, we’ve spent years and years complaining, being fearful and focusing on the negative. 

For this reason, it can be a challenge to become a more positive person, even when we try to do so! 

Old habits often die hard, so it takes a bit of dedication for many of us to evolve into positive people.  As with all addictions, once a behavior is engrained it takes conscious effort to change it.

2. It helps you “fit in:” 

If you look around, negativity is the status quo for much of society. 

You may haven noticed that it is often easier to strike up a conversation with other people regarding the problems in your life rather than the joys.  For example, telling a friend about your illness is likely to yield you more sympathy and attention than telling the same friend about something good that happened to you today.

In fact, in some circles being especially happy and joyful is actually looked down on. If you have too many good things to say it’s possible certain people will accuse you of being naive or (even worse!) insensitive.

So, when we complain, we often get more social approval and attention than we do with positivity, and this feels good in the short term! For this reason, being negative can be rewarding, just like any drug or addictive substance.

Read: Why Taking About Our Problems Is Our Greatest Addiction

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About the Author: Andrea Schulman is a former high school psychology teacher and mother of two who specializes in Law of Attraction education.  She’s passionate about yoga, technology and spiritual living.



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  1. 526324094192922@facebook.com' Kelly Lynch Mackey says:

    It fuels the emotions also.What one thinks is how one will react emotionally. Also negativity is like any other drug only like a substance held within the emotions.A lot of angry and bitter people who feel hard done by can feel very negative and project it on to other people. Negativity also weakens the physical body and lowers serotonin levels in the brain.Am not doctor.Just my say.

  2. 1180942818601733@facebook.com' Barbara J Peterson says:

    Oh wow… Yes, never ever even thought about that but Sure, They Have to be.. .Programming as is intended! Amazing!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yep hard to replace hard living but I’ll keep smiling.

  4. 943154152434344@facebook.com' Tyler Mills says:

    thats only 2. . .lol

  5. 10206616264820109@facebook.com' Priscilla Joy says:

    Gabrielle Mews positive vibes lovey

  6. 185991011750839@facebook.com' Bob Conard says:

    Melissa Anne Alford-Conard

  7. 940292809341054@facebook.com' Moistmoist Moisture Moisterson says:

    I wrote some positive affirmations right on the wall. In the end, you are what you want to be. ☺

  8. 732266216909387@facebook.com' Mkhungo Mandisa Noxolo says:

    I think that people who hold on to negative are just weak why would you hold to such energies

  9. 10153460333173558@facebook.com' Tommy Sharp says:

    I hate this article.

  10. gndale49@gmail.com' greg says:

    I would like to have been able to read the entire article, but the link didn’t work on both Explorer and Chrome. I think the author is on the right track. Clearly, our culture is organized and structured on negativity. Discovering this is easy. Just read the newspaper every day.

    From my experience in observing and working with other individuals, both as a counselor and in other settings, I have learned that negativity is also a power issue, especially when it is tied to some kind of judgment (which seems to be much of the time). The really sad part is that what drives this kind of behavior and state of mind is a deep feeling of powerlessness. As much as negativity is a habit and demonstrates addictive aspects, the only real way of releasing that kind of attachment is to look within and face what fuels one’s feelings of powerlessness, and in facing it, releasing it.

  11. 1010127049051402@facebook.com' Matthew Green says:


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