Cognitive Bias: How Your Mind Plays Tricks on You and How to Overcome That - Deepstash
Cognitive biases

...are common thinking errors that harm our rational decision-making.

We don't always see things as they are. We don't simply glean information through the senses and act on it; inste...

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Cognitive Bias: How Your Mind Plays Tricks on You and How to Overcome That

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Is our tendency to overestimate the odds of our own success compared to other people's. 

Overly optimistic predictions can be dangerous, leading us to waste time and resources pursuing...

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  • Be skeptical of your own rosy expectations for your work. 
  • Assume projects will be more difficult and more expensive than you initially think they will. 
  • Don't...

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Is the tendency to change our thought processes and behaviors more because of negative things than we do because of neutral or positive things.

How to control it: Track your win...

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Is the tendency to focus on new information that confirms pre-existing beliefs and trivialize anything that might challenge those beliefs. 

How to control it: Seek out informati...

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It describes our tendency to commit to something just because we've already invested resources in it—even if it would be better to give up on it.

How to control it: Always reev...

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Is the tendency to privilege the first information we encounter, even when subsequent information turns out to be more relevant or realistic.

How to control it: Because the anch...

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Is why we get attached to things when we had a hand in creating them. 

It echoes the sunk cost fallacy: We're not prioritizing the object/project as much as we are the resources we've ...

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It explains why we work harder to achieve our goals when they're most closely in sight: At work, you might notice that you and your coworkers sprint toward a project's finish line once you c...

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We tend to put the least amount of effort possible into problem-solving. 

We are apt to minimize cognitive effort and save our strength for when it's most needed. If we're not consciously...

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