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Avoid the bandwagon effect

  • Slow down your reasoning process. Let some time pass between the point at which you encounter social cues and the point at which you make a final decision on something.
  • Set up optimal conditions for decision making. Choose to only make a certain decision when you’re by yourself.
  • Consider alternative options. Think about alternative options that you can choose beyond the one that is adopted by the majority.

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