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The egocentric bias

The egocentric bias

The egocentric bias causes us to think that our own perspectives are more important when considering events, ideas, and beliefs. For example, we tend to overestimate the amount we contributed to a team project.

The bias can make it more challenging to understand other people's perspectives. It can cause us to misinterpret situations and make poor judgements.

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How to reduce the egocentric bias

  • Develop an awareness of the egocentric bias. It will help you to understand why people act in certain ways.
  • Explore alternative viewpoints. Viewing a situation from another person's perspective can reduce the effects of the egocentric bias.

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Why we focus on our own perspective

People tend to exaggerate their role in a situation, but the exaggeration is not limited to egocentric individuals. Psychologists are discovering that a somewhat skewed view of reality is a universal trait that affects all people.

The reason we suffer from this cognitive bias is apparent: ...

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