Difference between revisions of "Affective death spiral"

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The same process can also occur with negative beliefs instead of positive, leading to a '''death spiral of hate'''.
 
The same process can also occur with negative beliefs instead of positive, leading to a '''death spiral of hate'''.
  
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/lm/affective_death_spirals/ Affective Death Spirals]
 
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ln/resist_the_happy_death_spiral/ Resist the Happy Death Spiral]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ls/when_none_dare_urge_restraint/ When None Dare Urge Restraint]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ls/when_none_dare_urge_restraint/ When None Dare Urge Restraint]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/lv/every_cause_wants_to_be_a_cult/ Every Cause Wants To Be A Cult]
 
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Latest revision as of 12:47, 13 March 2012

An affective death spiral (or happy death spiral) occurs when positive attributes of a theory, person, or organization combine with the Halo effect in a feedback loop, resulting in the subject of the affective death spiral being held in higher and higher regard. In effect, every positive thing said about the subject results in more than one additional nice thing to say about the subject on average. This cascades like a nuclear chain reaction. This process creates theories that are believed for their own sake and organizations that exist solely to perpetuate themselves, especially when combined with the social dynamics of groupthink. Affective death spirals are thus a primary cause of cultishness.

The same process can also occur with negative beliefs instead of positive, leading to a death spiral of hate.

Blog posts

See also