Fortunetelling, mind reading and jumping to conclusions
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The reason people jump to conclusions is the fact that they find it easy.
Fact-checking and 100 percent accuracy on everything they see or observe consume way too much time for a normal person.
Taking mental shortcuts is the path most people choose to jump to conclusions.
We are all prone to jump to conclusions.
The psychological term for jumping to conclusions is "inference-observation confusion", meaning people make an inference but fail to label it as such, which results in faulty conclusions.
Jumping to conclusions often comes from our desire to sound compassionate and invested in what someone is telling us.
We may comment by saying "wow", or "what a shame" when we really have no idea how the person wants us to feel. Instead of sounding supportive, we may come across as dismissive.
The first step is to become aware of which of these negative belief patterns you are susceptible to. Keep a journal and record your negative thoughts.
Ask yourself the following questions each time you experience negative beliefs.