The Triumph or Tragedy of Confirmation Bias
Have you ever wanted to try something new, but your gut instinct is holding you back? This is known as confirmation bias, which is having a set of beliefs or theories that you follow without even realizing it in certain cases. We all have beliefs and theories that make up our perception of many different situations. This can either help us or hurt us- which is what John Casey discusses in the newest episode of The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, “The Triumph or Tragedy of Confirmation Bias”. John dives into what confirmation bias really means, and how it has an impact on our everyday life, such as the workplace. If we have a strong belief that a co-worker or even our boss is unintelligent, we will look for examples to support that claim, no matter what. It works the same way with having a belief that someone is educated as well. Once we make the decision to belief something about someone, our mind is essentially made up and we will always be looking for evidence to support that. This is a huge part of why we make the decisions we make and why we believe the things we do. The interesting part about it is that just because we have an initial thought or belief, that doesn’t mean we have to stick with that. We will often find ourselves stuck in the same tired routine if we continue to try to confirm a belief that is detrimental, which is why it is so important to use confirmation bias to grow, not hold us back from looking at things differently. Interested in hearing more? Tune in to this week’s episode of The Motivational Intelligence Podcast, “The Triumph or Tragedy of Confirmation Bias”. Also, check us out on social media and let us know what you think!
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The Triumph or Tragedy of Confirmation Bias-: Show notes
1:09- What is the definition of confirmation bias?
3:42- We make the decision to look at things a certain way..
4:51- How this happens in workplace situations
6:30- It is all formed around repetition…
8:45- Everything starts at our thoughts and beliefs
11:02- What is the key to using confirmation bias?
12:55- We should confirm what helps us grow
14:23- How we should look at ourselves
16:07- Reflection & conclusion