The most negative emotional experiences of our lives are the ones we process the longest.
That processing typically ends when we extract our lesson – even though the lesson is often wrong.
We remember events the most when they have a lot of emotion attached to them.
As a result one very bad experience – a trivial sample size – can lead to a lifetime of restriction and changes.
If you burn your hand on a stove once you will never touch a hot stove again.
But what other times have you been burned once and misinterpreted what that told you about the future?