Thursday, June 07, 2007

26 Ways We Decieve Ourselves

Pretty good list with links defining each of the different ways we deceive ourselves. We are all probably guilty of quite a few of these.

Interesting read.
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  • Bandwagon effect - the tendency to do (or believe) things because many other people do (or believe) the same. Related to groupthink, herd behaviour, and manias. Carl Jung pioneered the idea of the collective unconscious which is considered by Jungian psychologists to be responsible for this cognitive bias.
  • Confirmation bias - the tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions.
  • Neglect of probability - the tendency to completely disregard probability when making a decision under uncertainty.
  • Outcome bias - the tendency to judge a decision by its eventual outcome instead of based on the quality of the decision at the time it was made.
  • Selective perception - the tendency for expectations to affect perception.
  • Status quo bias - the tendency for people to like things to stay relatively the same.
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