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  • It’s (mostly) smart to trust your fellow humans

    New York Magazine - 09/16/2014

    Is it smarter to be more skeptical or more trusting of the people we meet? David DeSteno, a Northeastern University psychologist who studies the nature of trust, suggested the latter in response to a question during a recent Reddit AMA:

    “Our default is to trust people, but it’s a weak default. The reason why is that if you have no info to go on — if it’s really a 50/50 chance to figure out whether someone is trustworthy — then the gains/losses tend to be asymmetric. If a partner was going to be untrustworthy and you decided to trust him/her, you’d lose out in that instance. But, if he/she were going to be trustworthy and you decided not to trust him/her, you’re potentially losing a relationship that would have provided many, many benefits over time. So, the aggregated gains tend to outweigh the one-time loss.”

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