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When we’re evaluating an option, we often fixate on the first piece of information we have about it.
Decide in advance what outcome you have in mind.
If you already have an opinion about something before you've even tried to figure it out, chances are you'll over-value information that confirms that opinion.
Think about what kinds of information you would expect to find to support alternative outcomes.
Most decision-making errors boil down to:
“Sunk costs” are money, time, or effort we’ve already spent and can’t get back.
Cultivate a habit of admitting your mistakes. Ask yourself: If the past didn’t exist and you’re just starting out now, what would you do?”
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.
People don't like to rethink their beliefs once they are formed.
We would rather ignore information that would challenge our ideas than engage with threatening new information. This is called "confirmation bias".
We surround ourselves with it: We tend to like people who think like us; if we agree with someone's beliefs, we're more likely to be friends with them.
This makes sense, but it means that we subconsciously begin to ignore or dismiss anything that threatens our world views
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