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Thoughtful Thursday #201 – Confirmation Bias

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Confirmation Bias is when we search for information that validates our existing opinions. It’s a form of wishful thinking because  confirmation bias is not grounded in evidence. Confirmation bias is based on prejudice and assumptions. Even in the face of overwhelming truth one may still believe whatever one wants to believe.

This is a form of self-deception because it acts like a drug against any harsh reality we do not wish to examine.

But all is not lost. It’s common to look for validation of our beliefs. We all do it.

The takeaway is to set up our beliefs and look for the contrary. See if we may be missing something. Let’s find the self-confidence to look at a situation without appeasing our ego but rather to find those uncomfortable truths we wish to avoid at all costs. President Lincoln encouraged debate and discussion even with this rivals.

We need to do the same thing with our thinking too. Debate and discuss. It won’t be easy but so worth the peace of mind.

 

 

 

 

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