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8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day–And How To Avoid Them | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

DrJohnK July 25, 2014 13

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If you really think you are in charge of you, then why are you doing these?

Get ready to have your mind blown.

I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make all the time. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us make more rational, sensible decisions.

  • 1. We surround ourselves with information that matches our beliefs.
  • 2. We believe in the “swimmer’s body” illusion.
  • 3. We worry about things we’ve already lost.
  • 4. We incorrectly predict odds.
  • 5. We rationalize purchases we don’t want.
  • 6. We make decisions based on the anchoring effect.
  • 7. We believe our memories more than facts.
  • 8. We pay more attention to stereotypes than we think we do.

I think I've been suffering most from Confirmation Bias. But then, do I really think that, or am I simply confirming what I believe to be true already?

[Tweet “I suffer confirmation bias. Or is that because I believe it to be so?”]

[reminder]What's your biggest bias?[/reminder]

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