If you haven’t heard of or seen the TV show “Botched”, you’re missing out. The main theme of this show is going through cosmetic surgeries that “went wrong” and left the patient deformed/injured. For example, a tummy tuck Medford patient had her stomach lining punctured and died within a week of her surgery. I personally, have never considered plastic surgery as a legitimate option but something about this show fascinates me, I keep getting drawn in to watch more and more episodes. After thinking about something I’ve read in one of my psychology courses I took in University, I think I may have uncovered the real reason this show is so appealing and why such a large audience is drawn in.
The Negativity Bias
“Bad emotions, bad parents and bad feedback have more impact than good ones. Bad impressions and bad stereotypes are quicker to form and more resistant to disconfirmation than good ones.” This quote is pretty much saying that the bad outweighs the good. When people go to a restaurant, they are much more likely to tell friends about the terrible service they had from their waiter than a good experience they had with the wait staff. This transfers to Botched as well. Most people are more interested on things that “go wrong” rather than a show about surgeries that go right.
All in all, Botched is a great show that I consider to be my guilty pleasure, and I feel like through this post I have uncovered what many find so appealing about the television program. If you’ve never watched it, I’ll leave a little clip for you down below and hopefully you’ll be watching it in the future. Let me know through the comments if you’ve seen this show and what you think about it. Tell me whether you think I’m wrong or right in my assessment and why, I’d love to hear from you. Anyways, thanks for reading, I’ll see you guys in my next post!