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The balance between embracing and managing apophenia

Apophenia can help you think more creatively, but big decisions should be made only when the facts are clear.

To avoid the pitfalls of apophenia:

  • Pay attention to any biased assumptions you make when faced with false patterns.
  • Work on accepting that not everything happens for a reason. You are more likely to be successful by making rational decisions based on available evidence.
  • Compare the so-called "signs" from the universe with your research.

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From fun imagery to financial risk

Mild apophenia occurs in many domains such as finance, arts, and politics. It has the potential to lead to risky behaviours or wrong beliefs about the meaning of a pattern.

Visual illusions. Some people see non-existent images in clouds such as a face as a sign of something...

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Apophenia

Humans love patterns. Apophenia is the common tendency to detect patterns that do not exist.

Apophenia occurs when we try to make predictions or find answers based on unrelated events. This can lead to poor decision-making and mental health conditions.

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The science of apophenia

The term was coined in 1958 by German psychiatrist Klaus Conrad during his study of schizophrenia. It is an effect of brain function that is now commonly recognised in health, not just to those with a form of psychosis.

In schizophrenia, Conrad found that those who developed "apophany" star...

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