Psychological barriers to a healthy economy

Book Review: 'Animal Spirits'

Ever wonder why a seemingly slam-dunk deal suddenly gets thrown off the rails even though none of the terms have changed?

Perhaps you should blame "animal spirits" gone awry, a term economist John Maynard Keynes coined in the middle of the Great Depression to describe the type of "naive optimism" that is a necessary ingredient for businesses to invest, for entrepreneurs to take risks — and for potential homebuyers to sign those documents at the closing table.