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12: Self-Serving Bias

12: Self-Serving Bias

The self-serving bias explains why we take credit for successes but blame others when we fail.


  • I got an A because I worked hard, but failed because the teacher doesn't like me.
  • The CEO takes credit for the company's success but blames external factors for a bad year.

To overcome this bias, be aware of it and practice humility. Seek feedback from others to improve.


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Self-serving Bias

It causes you to claim your successes and ignore your failures. 

This means that when something good happens, you take the credit, but when something bad happens, you blame it on external factors.

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People attribute their successes to internal factors but attribute their failures to external factors. For instance, if you succeed in a project, you might credit your skills, but if you fail, you blame a lack of resources.

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Self-serving bias feeds the ego.

Don’t point fingers and fail to learn from failures. Don’t take credit where it isn’t due. Undue confidence leads to bad decisions.

Negativity bias makes things seem more disastrous than they are.


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