Illusory Correlation: How to Spot This Common Mental Error
An illusory correlation happens when we mistakenly over-emphasize one outcome and ignore the others.
Example: you visit a big city, you have 2 or 3 negative experiences and in the end, you conclude that people living in big cities are rude. But you are forgetting all the other perfectly normal and nice encounters you had with the people that live there because they were not notable.
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