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Why do we remember our bad beats better than our suckouts?

    • outspan
      Joined: 07.02.2010 Posts: 1,196
      Perhaps some of you with a psychology background can help explaining this.

      Why is it that we poker players remember our bad beats way better than our suckouts? And why do they affect us more emotionally?

      When I suck out, I might grin for a bit, but after just a few seconds, I'm back to my normal mood. But if I get sucked out on, I get angry (in varying degrees) and might sometime tilt off my money. And I think it's pretty safe to assume that this is the case for every poker player.

      But why?
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    • Wriggers
      Joined: 21.07.2009 Posts: 3,250
      It's something to do with the chemicals released during negative and positive emotions. The "negative" chemicals are more potent at affecting our mood than the "positive" ones. Therefore the negative emotions experience cause more stress than the pleasure caused by positive emotions.