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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.
  • Apply self-distancing language. Change from the first to the third person when describing a situation.
  • Ask for feedback instead of relying on your own perception of a situation. Ask your colleagues, friends, and family to tell you how they think you are doing.

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