8 Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day And How To Prevent Them
It's a thinking mistake and it occurs when we confuse selection factors with results.
Professional swimmers don't have perfect bodies because they train extensively. Rather, they are good swimmers because of their physiques.
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Most decision-making errors boil down to:
If you already have an opinion about something before you've even tried to figure it out, chances are you'll over-value information that confirms that opinion.
Think about what kinds of information you would expect to find to support alternative outcomes.
The “fundamental attribution error,” is when we excuse our own mistakes but blame other people for theirs.
Give other people the chance to explain themselves before judging their behavior.
Each day, we automatically make thousands of choices, from what time to wake up to what to eat.
The problem with this automatic processing is that there are instances when we jump to concl...
Sunk-cost fallacy. Present yourself with the new options at hand -- without considering the sunk cost.
Narrow framing. When we're in situations that will repeat themselves over time, we should take a step back and play a game of averages.
Emotionally driven decisions. Hold off on making important decisions when you are in a bad mood.
Confirmation bias. Always look for conflicting evidence and then make judgments based on more well-rounded information.
Ego depletion. When we're drained, physically or mentally, we're less likely to think critically.
The halo effect says that once we like somebody, we're more likely to look for his or her positive characteristics and avoid the negative ones. Realize your biases toward certain people and do what you can to eliminate them.
Your likability will increase if you aren’t perfect.
Those who never make mistakes are perceived as less likable than those who commit the occasional faux pas. Messing up draws peop...
Greater expectations drive greater performance.
The crux of this psychological phenomenon is the concept of a self-fulfilling prophecy: If you believe something is true of yourself, eventually it will be.
The more choices we have, the less likely we are to be content with our decision.
Even if our ultimate decision is clearly correct, when faced with many choices, we are less likely to be happy with what we choose. Because a wealth of choices makes finding contentment that much harder.