Why so cynical?: asymmetric feedback underlies misguided skepticism regarding the trustworthiness of others.

Abstract

People tend to grossly underestimate the trustworthiness of other people. We tested whether this cynicism grows out of an asymmetry in the feedback people receive when they decide to trust others. When people trust others, they painfully learn when other people prove to be untrustworthy; however, when people refrain from trusting others, they fail to learn… (More)
DOI: 10.1177/0956797609358586

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