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We Actively Avoid Information That Can Help Us

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Rejecting useful information

We tend to think most people should be eager to get information that can benefit them. But research reveals that up to 50 % of people declined helpful information.

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  • A study found that when people feel they won't be able to act on the information being offered, they are more likely to reject it.
  • People that are more accepting of risk and those who focus on the future are more likely to seek information.

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People tend to avoid information when it might hurt their self-image.

Research showed that in the workplace, 40% of people didn't want to know how much time they spent slacking off; 20% didn't want to know how their coworkers would rate their strengths and wea...

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