Worst-case analysis

A worst-case analysis means that when we are injured or offended by someone, we impute the worst of all possible motives to the person who hurt us. We view his actions as being as wicked as possible. We assume that our antagonist has stayed up late at night plotting his plans to hurt us. The truth is, however, that most of the wounds inflicted upon us have been caused by people who had no idea how much they were hurting us. We tend to feel far more malice than actually exists. To be sure, there are people who do conspire to hurt us. But they are a minority.

One Holy Passion, RC Sproul