Have you ever said to someone: “Why can’t you see this?!?”
It’s often a struggle to understand another person, especially when we disagree. We think the other person is the problem. . . .
- They’re so naive.
- They’re being selfish.
- They’re not even trying.
- They’ve gone crazy.
- They’re not listening to me.
Meanwhile, they are thinking the same about us, that indeed we are the problem.
But the truth? We all have blind spots.
Our brains work hard to protect the status quo. To keep us from using too much mental energy to think things through.
We all operate with a suitcase of mental biases. We unconsciously pull one out as needed and wear it proudly, without even realizing it.
Biases prevent us from seeing things as they are. The word bias itself comes from an Old French word biais meaning “sideways, askance, a slant.”
Who wants to see life sideways? Maybe for an amusing side show, but for regular living, we need to see life straight forward.
To see more clearly—and to reduce unnecessary arguments with people we love—we need to uncover common biases that blind us, such as Confirmation Bias, Loss Aversion Bias, Conspiracy Bias, Complexity Bias, etc.
Understanding these hidden roadblocks can open our paths to be less prejudiced, less closed-minded. And it can help us have healthier relationships and more peace.
For the next 28 days in February 2021, we’ll create a cheat sheet together of mental strategies that bias our thinking.
And more importantly, we’ll discover ways we can break these biases to see life, God, and each other more clearly.
The Table of Contents page is here. I’ll add accompanying links as we go.
Is there a particular bias that gets in your way? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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- I Just Can’t See It! How to Uncover Hidden Biases—Table of Contents
- Are You Lazy or Genius?