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Types of inference-observation confusion

  • Mind reading. By watching the behaviour and nonverbal communication, we assume we know how someone feels, even when there are other potential explanations.
  • Fortune telling. We predict an outcome without having enough evidence. For example, we don't even try to enter a competition because we don't think we will win. These kinds of expectations can prevent us from taking action.
  • Labelling. We overgeneralise by labelling all the members of a group with the characteristics seen in a few.

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Jumping to conclusions often comes from our desire to sound compassionate and invested in what someone is telling us.

It is impractical not to draw any conclusions. A middle ground between jumping to conclusions and not drawing any conclusion is to hold our thoughts in mind while leaving enough room to explore other alternatives.

We are all prone to jump to conclusions.

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