Our instinct for when something is wrong

When our instincts tell us something is wrong, they are generally right. We tend to underplay these feelings to our detriment.

However, our instincts’ understanding of the size of a problem are generally wrong. We tend to overreact to small problems and worry about things that never end up happening.

Thousands of years spent as hunter gatherers have honed our instincts for danger. For most of us, they just routinely overestimate the danger present in our lives today.