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Complexity Bias: Why We Overcomplicate Our Lives

Complexity Bias: Why We Overcomplicate Our Lives

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The Complexity Bias

The Complexity Bias

Many of us prefer complicated solutions and explanations over simpler ones. This cognitive error is known as the Complexity Bias.

We don’t listen to simple, basic advice to be productive and healthy, like doing regular exercise or rising early every morning. Our mind gets attracted to complex procedures and ideas like intermittent fasting, keto diet, and other finicky solutions that dazzle us with their twisted ways.


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Avoiding Complexity Bias

  1. Move towards action by doing more and researching less. Follow the ‘Just Do It’ mantra.
  2. Choose one system that works with your natural inclination, even if it isn’t the best way.
  3. Occam's Razor states that the explanation which is the simplest and has the least number of assumptions is more likely to be true. Embrace this mental model in your daily decisions.


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Habitually Complex

Too much complexity in our daily decisions and routines could lead to avoidance of work, and though complexity keeps life interesting, we need to embrace it only when we enjoy the process.


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