One easy and effective way to remove any bias from your decision-making is to ask advice or feedback from others.
People whom you trust will give honest and constructive criticism and point out any blind spots while offering a different point of view.
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Irrelevant information can influence our decision making.
A study asked participants to pick one of three plans.
16% chose the first option, and the remaining 84% the last option. But when the middle option was removed, 68% chose the cheapest option.
Take some time out and consider similar past scenarios.
Reflecting on the answers can help guide you in making a good decision.
Our brain relies on cognitive biases over clear evidence. Cognitive bias is the tendency to make poor judgments in a consistent pattern. Our unconscious biases are often so strong that they lead us to act in ways that are inconsistent with reason, our values, and beliefs.
Paying careful attention is the best way to beat these biases. It can only be done if you know the different types of cognitive biases that can influence your thinking.
Use the SPADE framework, developed by Gokul Rajaram, when you face difficulty in decision making:
Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.
This acronym can be used by anyone to help you master self-care and self-awareness. It encourages you to pause and ask how you're feeling. Feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired makes you more vulnerable to self-destructive behaviors.
Consider what would happen if you moved in the opposite direction to your choice.
Collect data to support this opposite view and compare it to the data used to support your original decision. Then reevaluate your decision based on the bigger data set.
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 conclusions that are wrong.
Most decision-making errors boil down to:
Knowing these and other biases is not enough. We need a framework for making decisions.
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