Egocentric bias: why we feel like the main character in our own movie - Deepstash
The egocentric bias

The egocentric bias causes us to think that our own perspectives are more important when considering events, ideas, and beliefs. For example, we tend to overestimate the amount we contributed to a team project.

The bias can make it more challenging to understand other people's perspectives. It can cause us to misinterpret situations and make poor judgements.

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People tend to exaggerate their role in a situation, but the exaggeration is not limited to egocentric individuals. Psychologists are discovering that a somewhat skewed view of reality is a universal trait that affects all people.

The reason we suffer from this cognitive bias is apparent: We are more aware of our own behaviours, causing us to view events from our own perspective. Our experiences are also more personally relevant and, therefore, easier to recall.

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  • Develop an awareness of the egocentric bias. It will help you to understand why people act in certain ways.
  • Explore alternative viewpoints. Viewing a situation from another person's perspective can reduce the effects of the egocentric bias.
  • Apply self-distancing language. Change from the first to the third person when describing a situation.
  • Ask for feedback instead of relying on your own perception of a situation. Ask your colleagues, friends, and family to tell you how they think you are doing.

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