The influence of outcome desirability on optimism.

  title={The influence of outcome desirability on optimism.},
  author={Z. Kri{\vz}an and P. Windschitl},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={133 1},
  • Z. Križan, P. Windschitl
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological bulletin
  • People are often presumed to be vulnerable to a desirability bias, namely, a tendency to be overoptimistic about a future outcome as a result of their preferences or desires for that outcome. In this article, this form of wishful thinking is distinguished from the more general concepts of motivated reasoning and overoptimism, and the evidence for this bias is reviewed. The authors argue that despite the prevalence of the idea that desires bias optimism, the empirical evidence regarding this… CONTINUE READING
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